If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you may feel you want to talk about your case with your family and friends.
Although you are likely to feel upset and want to vent, it’s very important that you don’t talk to your family and friends about the facts of your case.
Often defendants want to tell family and friends about why they are innocent. This is a serious mistake. You should resist the temptation because anything you say to family and friends may be used as evidence against you by a prosecutor in court. Family members and friends can be compelled to testify against you in court.
Even though you may be telling your family about your innocence, you may give away information that can be used to incriminate you and make you look guilty. It’s important that you don’t tell family members and friends about the facts of your case. You need to tell your attorney about the facts of your case.
We are well aware of the pressures to talk to your nearest and dearest about the details of a case. If, for instance, you have been charged with a sex crime, your family may demand explanations or your friends may shun you.
Often defendants fear that by remaining silent, they are conveying guilt to their family. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as you should not give additional information if you are arrested for a DWI by a police officer, you should not reveal details of your indictment to family members of friends.
You should be aware that prosecutors will seek to talk to your family and friends. They may also check phone records and social media sites.
In criminal cases, it’s vital to hire an attorney. Not only are you safe in disclosing details of your case to your lawyer, but you should give him or her full disclosure so as there is no danger of being blindsided by the prosecution.
The nature of the client-attorney relationship means your attorney must not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent.
For more information, contact the Medlin Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.