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What if I am Falsely Accused of a Crime?

December 13, 2019 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense  Rights  
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Emotional Intelligence Prevails

What if I am Falsely Accused of a Crime?

Remain calm. Don’t lose your cool. After all, you’re innocent. Cool heads will prevail, and reasonable people will work things out.

Why False Accusations Occur

Here’s a couple of reasons why false accusations occur:

Mistake of Fact

Your accuser may even be ‘innocent’ themselves. They are basically mistaken. That’s right. They may truly think you’re guilty and that they’re doing the right thing. You will need to provide the evidence, and convince them that they are mistaken.


Alternatively, the accuser may in fact be acting maliciously, and he or she is actually trying to ruin your life. This is rare, but certainly does happen.

In this instance it is considered defamation of character. There are 2 types of defamation:

  • Libel: Libel is a defamation that is written, such as a statement, newspaper, magazine, social media or internet.
  • Slander: Slander is a defamation that is orally published, such as a recording, a speech, over the radio, on a podcast/youtube, or even in conversation.

Reasonable people will work out the truth.

If your case involves defamation of character, you may be able to file a counter lawsuit in civil court after proving your innocence in criminal court.

Immediately Call a Lawyer

In any case, you will need to consult a good defense lawyer, and have representation. Call: 310-274-6529 for assistance in Southern California.

By contacting an attorney AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, he or she will be able to navigate the best solution. By conducting a pre-file investigation, your lawyer will be able to prove your innocence with factual evidence, alternative witnesses, or by impeaching the accuser (discrediting their honesty and reliability). The accuser may actually be criminally charged with lying to the police after being impeached by your defense attorney, if the police find it necessary to do so.

Obtaining Justice in Civil Court

After the nightmare of being subjected to criminal suspicion, criminal charges, and possible criminal court is over and you walk away free, you are well within your rights to take the matters to civil court to obtain damages. Again, this is something that your lawyer will help immensely with. We cannot stress enough calling and speaking with a good attorney as soon as possible!

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How to Win Your Case

We cannot stress enough that you read, understand and follow these 10 basic rules if you are criminally charged or under investigation:

  1. Don’t ever talk to the police
  2. Do not discuss your case with anyone
  3. Everything you tell your lawyer is confidential
  4. Tell police you need to contact your attorney
  5. Never consent to any search by the police
  6. If the police knock on your door, don't answer!
  7. Realize the consequences of a criminal conviction
  8. Your lawyer (not you) will contact any witnesses
  9. Information on your cell phone is evidence
  10. Early Intervention is the key

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