Look, Constable... you don't know me very well... But I... I... I've been in service to the Federation... to Starfleet... all of my adult life. No one's ever questioned my loyalty before. No one... in my entire life has ever had cause to ask: "Miles O'Brien, are you a criminal?" I took an oath to defend the Federation and what it stands for. I don't steal from them. I don't lie to them. I'm no angel, but I try to live every day as the best human being I know how to be. I need my little girl to look up at me when she wakes up in the morning and see a man she can respect. Until now, she always could.
Being accused of a crime is not a disgrace, Chief. Some of the great figures of history have shared the honor with you.