4 Tips To Create An Effective Defense

The Constitution protects every citizen's right to defend themselves when charged with a crime. If you get arrested, a criminal defense attorney can help you craft your defense in a way that will appeal to the court. You need to work toward your defense with your lawyer. Your lawyer can only work with what you give them. Here are 4 tips on how to create an effective defense. 

1. Contact Your Lawyer Immediately 

When a police officer apprehends you, forcefully request to speak to your lawyer at the first possible opportunity. Repeat your request until the officers oblige. Explain the situation to your lawyer so that they are aware of the situation. Your lawyer can tell you what to say until you can meet for a formal consultation. Your lawyer can also offer immediate counsel on your options during the arrest, such as whether to take or refuse a breathalyzer test. 

2. Establish a Consistent (and Concise) Statement 

Police may have questions for you. They will usually start with general questions until they find a detail that incriminates the defendant. Avoid providing the police officer with too much information. Police will comb through your initial statement for lies, evidence, and inconsistencies. 

Speaking to your lawyer early on after the arrest will help ensure that your statements remain consistent. 

3. Respect the Processes 

Most criminals disagree with the charges against them. You may, too. Still, you should contain your disappointment and anger. Any aggressive language or behavior may impact the court's decision during sentencing. 

You do not need to adhere to illegal searches. You should, however, go with the police peacefully if you get arrested. Speak minimally, but always keep it polite. Just don't get so chummy with the officers that you let your guard down when talking to them. 

4. Present Yourself Professionally and Respectfully

When in front of officers, judges, and other members of the court, you want to come across as humble, remorseful, and willing to put effort into rehabilitation. Wear appropriate clothing and speak proper English in a calm and respectful tone. Keep in mind that judges may see your demeanor outside of court if you talk about the case on social media. Avoid talking about the case or behaving unsavory on social media.

It won't matter how you look if you can't stay out of trouble. More than anything, walk the walk. Keep yourself out of risky situations, and work on your professional life to truly impress the court.