Ask Away Blog: You Broke the Law...Now What?

You Broke the Law...Now What?

Saturday, May 9, 2020



Hopefully you never get into this position, but if you do....it's good to know what to do.  Breaking the law can happen for a variety of reasons even if it's not intentional.  Sometimes we aren't aware of certain laws or we just aren't in the right state of mind and acting impulsively.   I want to talk to you about what to do if you break the law and get in trouble.  I mean it's quite apparent that you shouldn't break the law but this post is about what to do if that ends up happening.  Whether it's a traffic ticket or a more serious offense,  here's what to do!


Don't panic.
I know that any encounter with law enforcement can be scary even if you truly are a good law abiding citizen but the best thing to do in any case is to stay calm and not panic. You want to keep a level head and a clear mind.  If you allow yourself to freak out you may try to escape or flee or avoid a confrontation with law enforcement which would only lead to even more trouble. Take a deep breath.  Keep your cool.  Be polite and truthful.  If it's someone you're with that's being questioned just keep in mind that you are responsible for your own actions so no matter how they act, make sure you are mature and level headed.  It will go a long way in court.

Be aware of your rights but but be reasonable. 
Know your rights as a citizen by researching them but remember not to be pushy or get an attitude.  Often times, a person doesn't know they did nothing wrong and when an officer approaches them or comes to their house they become aggressive and angry.  Even if you know that you're in the right and they're in the wrong, be reasonable and just go with it.  It's always best to seek help afterwards to right the wrong that was done to you than it is to fight and do something wrong on your end. 

Contact an attorney. 
A criminal defense attorney like Mike G Law can be very helpful for your case.  A criminal defense attorney can speak with you about your charges, your rights, and what your options are moving forward.  You'll need to gather some money in order to pay a good attorney to help you out and you'll need to be honest with them about what happened.  Remember that they are on your side no matter what, whether it's to prove your innocence or to give you a fair trial.  Listen to everything they tell you and take lots of notes.  Keep in contact with them over the next few months and the entire time you work with them until your situation is resolved, no matter what the outcome.

Get support from your circle.
Whether you were in the right or in the wrong, a good support system can help you get through the weeks and months ahead.  Explain the truth of what happened and let them know how you feel.   You don't want to try to hide things and keep everything inside because it can really stress you out.  At the same time, don't divulge too much information to those that you feel you can't truly trust. 

At the end of the day, no matter what happens, remember that a calm and clear head always prevails and that a reliable criminal defense attorney is your best bet when you find yourself in trouble with the law. 


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