Publicity And Criminal Defense
Few people enjoy seeing their names associated with criminal accusations. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself the subject of a criminal investigation, you would likely prefer that the matter be handled discreetly. In the best case scenario, you and your defense lawyer will be able to get the charges dropped before the case has a chance to disrupt your life. When publicity is unavoidable, however, it is important to consider the right way to approach the situation.
White-collar criminal cases, drug cases and allegations of sex offenses are more likely to draw headlines than they once were. Some of that has to do with media preference, some of it has to do with the way prosecutors approach these cases. Regardless, once the spotlight is on, it is difficult for a defendant to control the situation. A defendant proclaiming his or her innocence is fighting an uphill battle. Despite the fundamental fact that you are innocent until proven guilty, in the court of public opinion people are generally guilty the moment they are accused.
The best way to control the situation is to be proactive. At the first sign of an investigation, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. If you wait for an investigation to play out, you hurt your chances of resolving the matter successfully. Even investigations conducted by regulatory bodies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Internal Revenue Service, can turn into criminal complaints without warning.
Quick action can sometimes be the difference between facing charges and seeing an investigation go away quietly. If criminal charges are unavoidable, early intervention by an attorney can help control negative publicity and make your life easier as you deal with the criminal justice system.