Many Floridians every year face an awful conundrum. Accused of serious pornography, solicitation or other cybercrime charges, they struggle not only to clear their names and avoid penalties (such as copious jail time) but also to rehabilitate their images, rebuild their relationships and move on with their lives.
The sheer number of projects and challenges ahead can seem daunting.
In this blog post, we will break down, step-by-step, what you can do to regain a sense of control, protect your relationships, and minimize the chances of doing things (or forgetting to do things) that could make your situation worst in the wake of the false (or trumped up) charges.
First and foremost, take a breath and relax. If you are, indeed, genuinely innocent of the charges (or mostly innocent), odds are very good that a seasoned Florida cybercrime defense attorney can solve your problems, protect your freedoms, and deal with your legal burdens.
Secondly, get in habit of writing down what is happening in your life and in your legal situation.
• Can you remember the timeline of the events that unfolded over the past day or weeks, since the investigation or arrest happened?
• Can you think of any evidence that might be useful for an attorney to consider?
• Why do you think you were falsely accused?
• Was there anyone who wanted to set you up or punish you?
Think out loud on paper, so that you can discuss your situation more coherently with your attorney.
Your impulse might be to tell everyone in your life: “I am innocent! These charges make no sense and they are unfair!” But avoid discussing your case with people yet. There will be time to repair ruptures in your relationships, repair your business brand, etc. But if you rush to explain yourself, you could wind up creating extra problems and complicating the legal situation needlessly.
Finally, avoid waiting too long to retain representation. Evidence that could be crucial to your defense – such as certain documents, witness recollections, etc. – may have a very short shelf life. If you dally before finding representation, that evidence can lose its value and even become totally worthless.
For instance, a witness who, today, might remember exactly where you were at the time you were allegedly in front of your computer (when you weren’t!) you may lose track of that memory, rendering his remembered testimony of less value to the defense.
To that end, don’t wait: call Seltzer Mayberg, LLC
immediately to schedule a free and thorough consultation with an experienced Florida cybercrime attorney. We are available 24/7/365 at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333), or you can email us for more information.