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Three Myths About Being Falsely Accused of a Crime in South Dakota

Jeff Cole
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Have you been falsely accused of a crime in South Dakota? If so, don’t be tempted to ignore the accusations or make the situation worse. It is possible to suffer real-life conviction and sentencing for a crime you did not commit, and it may take more effort to avoid conviction than you think. To get started learning more about your rights, here are three common myths about false criminal accusations: 

  1. MYTH: False accusations are no big deal. It may be difficult and expensive to prove your innocence, especially if there are few witnesses or evidence that can be misinterpreted. The criminal process you face is real, and false accusations should be taken seriously.
  2. MYTH: There’s no need to remain silent because I haven’t done anything wrong. Even though you haven’t done anything wrong, you could complicate your case by arguing with officers, or answering questions in a panic. If you aren’t sure how to respond to the situation, remember that you have the right to remain silent. 
  3. MYTH: I don’t need an attorney if I didn’t commit the crime. You will still have to take measures to have the charges dropped or prove your innocence in court. A skilled attorney can walk you through a situation in which you’ve been falsely accused, defend your rights, and explain what to expect from the criminal process.

If you believe you have been falsely accused of a crime in South Dakota, don’t wait until it’s too late to get help. An experienced South Dakota criminal defense attorney with Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP, can listen to your concerns, clearly explain your rights and options, and provide valuable legal guidance along the way. To get started with a free case review, reach out to us today at 888-733-2992.

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