When you are accused of a crime for the first time, your world changes. A police officer approaches you and the
process begins. Your rights are read, your statement taken, and, likely, handcuffs are placed on
you for the trip “downtown”. From first contact, the police are making a case against you:
asking/interrogating you, having you repeat your story (sometimes 5 times). So, don't talk to the police because if you begin answering questions, you have waived your
right against self-incrimination - don’t do that. The words you use in an attempt to get you
exonerated usually end up convicting you.
The good news is that you have a lot of constitutional and procedural rights that can protect you. But only if you know about them and ask for them. Quickly answering questions without a lawyer present can dig you a hole that it too deep to get out of without a conviction. Remember, the strongest evidence against you is your admission that you did something.
The differences between Criminal Law and Civil Law are the punishments and burdens of proof. In a civil case, the burden is a preponderance of the evidence standard. In a criminal case, the burden is much higher, it is beyond a reasonable doubt. The reason the standard is higher in a criminal law case is that more is in jeopardy. A civil case can only take money. A criminal case can take your liberty, freedom, and good name.
Don't go through this alone, take an experienced advocate with you. Call Allen Chandler - he's available 24/7.