Do I Still Need a Lawyer If I am Not Guilty?
Innocent people are arrested far more frequently than most people would like to believe. The fact is that a false or even illegal arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Your arrest could have been the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or someone may have made a false accusation against you. Either way, you wound up in handcuffs for something you did not do.
If you have been the victim of a unsubstantiated arrest, it is very important that you are represented by an attorney. It is disturbingly common for arrestees to be pressured into pleading guilty to a crime they did not commit, or even convicted after a jury trial. Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. fights hard to keep innocent people from winding up with a criminal record.
Common Reasons for False Arrests
When an innocent person is arrested and charged with a crime, it is usually for one of just a few reasons. These common reasons for false arrests include:
- Proximity to drugs – You were over at a friend or relative’s house, or in their car, when the police showed up. It turns out they had drugs you did not know about. The police arrest you just for being there.
- False domestic violence accusation – Especially if you are going through a bad breakup or divorce, or even just a heated argument, your romantic partner may claim that you hit or pushed them. Sometimes the police believe this lie and make a needless arrest.
- Officer bias – Police officers sometimes make arrests mainly because they are biased against a group the arrestee belongs to. This is common if you are a minority, an immigrant, or a woman. They may charge you with a crime that happened but that you are not responsible for, or they may have you charged with a “catch-all” offense like disorderly conduct.
Why You Need an Attorney to Fight False Charges
Once a prosecutor has been assigned to your case, they will do just about anything to secure some type of conviction. There is also a chance that the officer who arrested you will lie in order to get you convicted. Defendants without their own attorney are much more likely to be pressured into a plea deal that will leave them with a criminal record but help them avoid jail time or a more serious charge.
An attorney can fight for your freedom and protect your rights. If you are innocent, your lawyer can investigate and gather as much proof as possible that you did not do what you are accused of doing. While it is supposed to be on the prosecution to prove your guilt, in real life, you will be much better off if you have a lawyer to help prove your innocence.
Contact a Will County Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing charges for a crime you did not commit, the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. will do everything in our power to save you from getting stuck with a criminal record. Our skilled Joliet criminal defense lawyers know how prosecutors and police operate so we can counter their tactics effectively. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation today.