White collar crime allegations can threaten to devastate many facets of your life, from your career to your freedom and your time with your children. But you don’t have to let the prosecution steamroll you into a plea agreement that’s not in your best interest or push you around at trial in a way that leads to conviction.
To avoid a poor outcome, though, you need mount a strong criminal defense. Believe it or not, this starts with not making mistakes that will put you in a losing position from the get-go.
Avoid these mistakes in your white-collar crime case
There are several missteps that can be made in your case. Here are some of the biggest to avoid:
- Talking to the police: Anything and everything you say to the authorities will be used against you, and they’re adept at twisting your words out of context to keep you talking. So, don’t try to explain away suspicions and instead stay quiet until your attorney instructs you otherwise.
- Consenting to a search: Prosecutors are probably going to need incriminating documentation to prove their case. Don’t voluntarily hand this harmful evidence over to them by agreeing to a search. Make them demonstrate that they have the requisite probable cause to obtain a warrant.
- Talking to those you trust: You might feel a sense of relief by talking about your case to your friends and family, but this is a big no-no. The prosecution can subpoena your loved ones to testify against you, and there’s not much you can do to stop them from spilling what you’ve confided in them.
- Destroying or concealing evidence: These are illegal acts, and they make you look incredibly guilty. So, don’t hide or destroy evidence. Trust your attorney to deal with the impact that it might have in your case.
Start building your criminal defense now
It’s never too early to start building a criminal defense strategy. So, if you’re under investigation or have been charged with a white-collar crime, then now is the time to start figuring out your next steps.