What Should I Do If I'm Charged With A Crime?

You need to take swift action to protect your rights the moment you know you are the subject of an investigation or have been arrested and charged with a crime. Contact the experienced team at the criminal defense Law Office of Gilbert B. Vega.

Based in Sacramento, we handle cases throughout Sacramento County and surrounding areas of Northern California. We can be reached online or by calling 916-426-2304 to set up an appointment.

What Should I Do If I'm Charged With A Crime

  1. Call an attorney for advise ASAP on how to best proceed under your particular circumstances.
  2. Remain silent. As a general rule, if you are charged with a serious crime that might subject you to jail time, it's best to refuse to answer questions concerning the incident, at least until you've had an opportunity to talk to an attorney of your choice. Remember, anything you say can, and will, be used against you.
  3. Obtain and write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses (if possible).
  4. Demand medical care if you are injured.
  5. Take photos of the scene (if possible).
  6. Contact a family member (if you are locked up), and have them (a) contact a criminal defense attorney for you if you are not able to yourself, (b) start putting together bond money in case it becomes necessary to post bond, and (c) take photos of the scene and put together a list of possible witnesses.