The frightening statistics of wrongful convictions in the U.S.

4.1 per cent of defendants sentenced to death in the U.S. are later proven to be innocent

LOS ANGELES, Calif. May 3, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Wrongful arrest and conviction is everyone’s worst nightmare, but there are an alarming number of wrongful convictions in the United States every year. Many people think that as long as they haven’t got a criminal history, it would be impossible for them to be wrongfully convicted of a crime that they didn’t commit. Unfortunately, the stats disagree with this theory. Even if you have no criminal history, you can still be the subject of wrongful arrest and worse, conviction.

A very frightening statistic published by the Washington Post showed that 4.1 per cent of defendants sentenced to death are later proven to be innocent. This is a pretty startling stat for most people. When you also think that the death penalty stats get the most attention, you can’t help but wonder how does that reflect on other less punished crimes? There are so many factors that can come into play with convictions from false witness statements to all kinds of conspiracy theories.

If you are unfortunate enough to ever be falsely arrested, it pays to understand your rights. Even if you think there is no chance that it could happen to you, knowing your rights could save you from some serious injustice. For starters, always remember that you have the right to an attorney if you are arrested. Some people make the mistake of thinking that because they are innocent, employing an attorney will make them look guilty. If you’re not an expert in law, then you should always opt to be represented by an attorney for your own protection. Also, professional lawyers also state that they would hire a lawyer and avoid representing themselves.

We have all seen those police interviews on TV where they take the Good Cop, Bad Cop roles or you see examples of where a defendant says something that lands them in trouble even if there was nothing in it. When you are being interviewed, words can easily be misconstrued; so, if you’re in the LA area get yourself criminal defense attorney from, and additionally, if you are in another state hire the leading lawyer residing there. It could be too late for regrets if you are wrongly convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit. Therefore, whatever type of crime that you are arrested for, it should be handled by a law professional to ensure you do not become a statistic for wrongful prison sentences.

There have been some highly publicized allegations of wrongful arrests over the years. Recently Fox News reported that lawyers claimed police in Washington had made wrongful arrests on Inauguration Day. They claimed that journalists and innocent observers were arrested and wrongly charged with felony rioting. Netflix hit Making a Murderer has also brought the issue to light.

Other high profile cases of miscarriages of justice include a man who was wrongfully convicted of killing seven of his children. It turned out that their nanny had poisoned the children and she confessed many years later. He served 21 years for a crime he did not commit, as well as having to deal with the unthinkable bereavement of losing his children. No amount of compensation can ever replace what that man must have gone through and all that he lost. Therefore, know your rights.

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