Facing any type of allegations can be stressful. No matter the results, the process will doubtlessly be life-changing. But one of the most important things you can do during a time like this is to remain calm so that you can make sensible decisions going forward. Otherwise, you might end up making these common mistakes that can seriously affect the outcome of your case.

Mistake #1: Talking to law enforcement

Members of law enforcement are more than likely to question you to investigate the circumstances of the alleged crime. Some people feel obligated to answer those questions in order to prove their innocence, while others might be unsure of their rights in a situation like this.

However, know that you are under no legal obligation to speak to police or answer their questions without first consulting with an attorney. If you submit to police questioning, you might end up incriminating yourself by giving law enforcement the information they need to press charges or prove guilt.

Mistake #2: Keeping details to yourself

After hiring a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you, it’s crucial that you communicate openly and honestly with them about any detail that might be pertinent to your case. If you keep important information away from them, they won’t be able to defend you to the best of their ability.

Attorneys are trusted advisors. They don’t exist to pass judgment or spill your secrets, so you should confide in them any and all information that will help them create a viable defense for you.

Mistake #3: Hiding or destroying evidence

Whether it’s deleting a single email or shredding important documents, a prosecutor will view any attempt to hide evidence that could be used against you as an admission of guilt. Even if you aren’t guilty, any action to cover up something that could have a connection to your case is a red flag.

In addition, investigators and law enforcement have ways of uncovering attempts to alter, destroy or hide evidence, so any attempts are likely to be a waste of time and energy.

Protect your rights

It’s crucial to take white-collar allegations seriously. Hopefully, knowing these common mistakes can help you remain calm and protect yourself. When you have a clearer head, you can work with your attorney to find the best possible outcome in this difficult time.