Unfortunately, many New York criminal defendants mistakenly think that if they are innocent, and they have been falsely accused of a crime, the truth will ultimately come out. They may not want to spend the money to hire an attorney, or may not feel like getting involved in the case, believing that the charges will simply disappear.
However, this could not be further from the truth. In some cases, the police simply close their files because the evidence is insufficient. However, in other cases, people get falsely accused of crimes, and end up being convicted of the crime. Police officers may make mistakes, juries can falsely interpret the evidence, witnesses may lie, or other circumstances may intervene that eventually result in a guilty person being convicted of a crime.
In the U.S., DNA testing has proven the innocence of many people who are serving years or decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Our legal system is not perfect, and innocent individuals are sometimes convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Instead of putting your head in the sand and hoping the charges go away on their own because you are innocent, it’s critical that you obtain high quality legal representation. An attorney can help formulate a defense, point out deficiencies in the other side’s case, perform an investigation, evaluate evidence, and fight for your legal rights.