In some cases, before a person is charged with a crime, the police will bring them in for questioning regarding that crime. In other cases, an individual may be questioned because the police believe they have pertinent information regarding an alleged crime and want that individual to make a statement to build a case against someone else. Regardless of the reasoning for being brought in for questioning, it is imperative to understand your rights during police interrogations to ensure they are not violated. If you have been detained by the police for questioning, contact our skilled Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorneys, who can safeguard your rights.
What are my rights during police interrogations?
Police interrogations can be a nerve-wracking experience as the police will use various deceitful tactics to coerce you into cooperating with their investigation and even trick you into a confession. It is a common misconception that the police have to be honest with you during police interrogations. However, that is not the case. Police officers have full authority to use deceit to their advantage during police interrogation to get a confession. Understanding that you do not have the right to honesty is vital. Unfortunately, many people do not know their rights which leads to them falling into police traps which can lead to criminal charges.
The best way to protect your rights during police interrogations is by invoking your right to be represented by an attorney. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affords you the right to legal counsel. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided. Despite one being provided for you at the expense of the state, to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome, it is in your best interest to retain the legal services of a seasoned Nassau County criminal defense attorney who is familiar with various police tactics and can ensure your rights are protected at all times during police interrogations.
Do I have the right to remain silent?
During a police interrogation, law enforcement officers will ask you several questions to gather information about an alleged crime. It is crucial to understand that you do not have to answer the questions posed to you per your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination. Essentially, you cannot testify against yourself when accused of a crime. Therefore, you do not have to answer the officer’s questions. Enacting your right to remain silent will maximize your chances of the best possible outcome as you will refrain from accidentally saying something that may be used against you later in court.
Police interrogations are often extremely intense, and it is vital to remember that police officers are not on your side. Don’t navigate this difficult time alone. Allow a determined attorney from Grunwald & Seman, P.C., who can safeguard your constitutional rights, to represent your rights today.