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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Importance of Silence When Charged With a Crime

Q: Is it okay to answer police questions after being arrested?

If Ohio criminal defense attorneys could tell those arrested one piece of critical advice, it would likely be not to make any statements before talking to an attorney.

Unfortunately, the understandable shock, fear, and anxiety upon being arrested often causes people to make statements to police prior to having legal representation. People may think they can just talk their way out of a bad situation—that if they just explain what happened, they can just go home and forget the whole nightmare. Unfortunately, their statements very often make things worse. Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately will help prevent that mistake.

But statements to the police are not the only way people charged with crimes can compromise or worsen their cases. Sometimes conversations with other inmates are equally damaging.

Being charged with a sex crime in Ohio, especially involving a minor, is a serious offense with potentially serious punishment, as one man facing those charges found out. But if allegations that he tried to have the witnesses against him killed before trial are true, the additional charges and possible punishment if convicted are significantly worse.

In an effort to purportedly "eliminate testimony needed by the state for a successful prosecution" on pending rape and gross sexual imposition charges, police allege that the accused inmate facing those charges attempted to orchestrate a jailhouse “murder-for-hire” through another inmate, reportedly targeting the anticipated witnesses against him-- including his alleged minor victim, her legal guardian, and three others. But the inmate reportedly snitched to a guard, thwarting the alleged plan.

Now the man-- who has reportedly since been placed in "administrative segregation" and cut off from communicating with anyone other than his attorney--is facing additional charges which include "one count of conspiracy to commit murder and five counts of attempted aggravated murder".

The criminal defense attorneys at Cox Keller Lusardi believe everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. If you've been arrested for a crime, contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation.

From our offices in Xenia, we defend clients charged with a wide variety of crimes-- from minor misdemeanors to major felonies-- throughout the Miami Valley region of Ohio.

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