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Protecting Your Rights: Never Speak Without Your Attorney

When you have attorneys protecting your rights, there is no need to speak to the police or media.  After Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder last month, during a television interview with KSAZ, she stated, "I would much rather die sooner than later." Apparently, Arias was surprised by the jury's verdict. She told the Phoenix television station, "[i]t was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part," but she also stated, "I can see how things look that way."

During her interviews with the police, Arias gave three different accounts of the events that occurred on the night of Travis Alexander's death. First, she stated that she was not in Alexander's home at the time of his death. Then she said that two intruders broke into Alexander's home and murdered him. Finally, she claimed that she killed Alexander in self-defense.

Arias' attorneys argued that she was a victim of a controlling and psychologically abusive relationship, but the defense was not able to present any physical evidence or witnesses (besides Arias) to corroborate this claim.

On the other hand, the prosecution was able to introduce physical evidence from the crime scene, a prior confession made by Arias to investigators, evidence of text messages from other women to establish motive, and evidence that a .25 caliber handgun was stolen from Arias' grandparents' home during a burglary and reported to the police.

This case is a perfect example of why you should never talk to the police or anyone else during a criminal investigation or trial. Liability often comes down to whom the jury believes, and if you change your story once, let alone multiple times, it is very difficult to wiggle your way out. Therefore, if you or a loved one is currently facing a criminal investigation or charges, it is important that you contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney today.  Let a trained professional do their job protecting your rights.

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