WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M ARRESTED
If you are arrested, there is often a tendency to want to be compliant. You believe that you are innocent and you may want to share your entire story with the police. We are certainly advocates for good police work, but at the same time you want to make sure that you have your rights protected.
You have a right to get an attorney, someone who understands the law, can be your voice and tell your story in a way that makes sense to the police as well as to the prosecutor. Because, if you are just saying things, unfortunately, the system is set up where all the things you say can be used against you. If you say too much or if you say things in a certain way that can be twisted then you are not going to have the recourse that you'd like to have. Make sure that if you're arrested you contact an attorney and make sure that you have your rights protected.
WHAT IF THE ALLEGED VICTIM DOESN'T WANT TO PRESS CHARGES?
If you're charged with a crime and the victim decides that they don't want to testify, people often wonder if that just makes the case go away. The answer is that it doesn't.
Usually, the prosecutor has discretion to determine whether they want to continue to prosecute the case. And that's going to depend on what evidence is out there. If there is other evidence that they can use to build their case, they may feel like that's strong enough to continue to prosecute the claim. Just because the victim decides that they don't want to testify it doesn't mean that the case necessarily goes away. You're going to want make sure that you have an attorney that can protect your rights.
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