Legal guidance for innocent people charged with a crime

If you are innocent of the charges filed against you, why would you need to create a criminal defense strategy? Unfortunately, far too many wrongful convictions have left innocent people imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. If you need proof of this, we invite you to browse the cases highlighted on the Innocence Project website. Instead of risking your freedom and becoming another statistic, it is better to be proactive about the charges against you.

It is safe to say that most people in Nebraska are not familiar with how the criminal justice system operates. If the police arrest you for a serious offense such as murder, homicide, assault or battery, prosecutors decide if enough evidence exists to convict you. If they feel confident about the case, these prosecutors work hard to secure a conviction.

Sometimes, defendants think they have a good chance of beating the charges they face alone. However, when these defendants are not receiving legal support, they can make serious mistakes that could place their freedom in jeopardy. For example, without advice from a criminal defense attorney, defendants could unknowingly say or do something that strengthens the prosecution's case.

We understand that mounting a defense when you did nothing unlawful can feel like an admission of guilt. What we should never forget it that it is our right to defend ourselves in the face of criminal charges. Doing nothing or ignoring the charges because you know you are innocent is not a sound strategy.

We encourage those charged with a crime to learn more about their rights and criminal defense options. Reading the information available on our website and our blog is a great way to get started.

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