Even small mistakes can cause significant problems in a criminal case. This article will look at seven mistakes to avoid if you are facing criminal charges.

1. Speaking to the Police Without Your Attorney Present 

It is never a good idea to speak to the police without an attorney, even if you believe you are innocent. The police are trained to get you to confess or admit to something, and they may use tactics designed to make you feel comfortable and willing to talk. It is essential to exercise your right to be silent and to have an attorney present when speaking to the police.

2. Posting About Your Case on Social Media 

It is best to keep a low profile while your case is pending, and this includes avoiding discussing your case or posting about it on social media. Any posts you make on social media can be brought against you as evidence in court. 

3. Not Being Honest With Your Attorney

Your attorney is bound by attorney-client privilege and can only represent you to the best of their ability if they have all the relevant information. Not telling your attorney everything can significantly impact their ability to defend you effectively. It's important to remember that your attorney is your advocate and is working on your behalf. Be honest with them and give them the information they need to build the best possible defense for you. 

4. Plea Bargaining Without Understanding the Consequences 

A plea bargain can result in a lighter sentence, but it also means that you are pleading guilty to the charges against you. It is essential to discuss the pros and cons of plea bargaining with your attorney before making a decision.

5. Failing to Show up for court 

It is essential to attend all court hearings and to be on time. A judge may issue an arrest warrant against you if you miss court. Missing court makes you look bad and can have a negative impact on how your case turns out.

6. Not Gathering all the Evidence in Your Defense

Gather all the evidence that may be relevant to your case, including witness statements, photos, and documents that may help your defense. Your attorney can help you identify what evidence may be essential and can assist you in obtaining it.

7. Not Preparing for Trial

If your case goes to trial, it is essential to be prepared. This includes being familiar with the evidence that will be presented against you and understanding the potential outcomes of the trial. Your attorney can help you prepare for trial and provide strategies for defending yourself in court. 

For help with your case, contact a criminal defense lawyer in your area.