In Tennessee, robbery is a violent crime that carries stiff penalties for those convicted. Regardless of the circumstances, anybody facing charges needs to take immediate steps to protect their legal interests.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as your situation unfolds:
DO take the accusation seriously
One of the worst mistakes you can make in this situation is the failure to treat the accusation with the seriousness it deserves. Even if you’re wholly innocent, do not assume that the police will not mistakenly arrest you. Actual innocence won’t necessarily stop you from being charged.
DO consider all potentially exculpatory evidence
If you have evidence to show that you were away from the scene when the robbery took place, be sure to discuss it with your defense. Some of the evidence your legal team may use to prove your innocence in a robbery case could include GPS or CCTV footage, FitBit or Apple watch tracking and other data. Something small could actually be a great alibi.
DO NOT incriminate yourself
The last thing you want to do when facing a robbery charge is to make statements that the police and the prosecution will use to strengthen their case against you. Never give a statement to the investigating officer in the absence of your legal representative. Exercise your right to remain silent until you have more information about your potential defenses.
During those trying moments, it is important that you know what to do to best further your defense. Careful exploration of the circumstances of your case will help guide you.