Being falsely accused of a crime in Texas can certainly put a damper on your day, but it can do much more than that if the accusations are pursued and so-called evidence is provided. At that point, you’re in a position of real risk; your reputation, job, social life and home life could all face scrutiny and leave you in an awkward position with those you know or care about.
If you’re falsely accused of a crime, you need to know what to do to protect yourself from the start. For one thing, you don’t need to say anything. The old saying, “anything you say can and will be used against you” is true. Anything you say, good or bad, could be used by the authorities. If you face a visit from the police who want you to answer some questions, it’s okay to refuse to answer until you seek legal counsel.
The only time the things you say are protected against being brought up in court are if you speak with an attorney. At that point, you have attorney-client privilege, so you can speak freely to the attorney about your case and what your side of the story is.
If you’ve been falsely accused of a crime, you may want to learn more about your options. Our website has information about crimes like sex offenses, Internet crimes and DUIs as well as how you can protect yourself against unjust punishments. Your life is on the line when you’re facing off against an accuser, so it’s always important to know everything you can and to think about what you’re going to say before you make a statement.