When you are arrested, you must understand your constitutional rights. This includes understanding what your Miranda rights mean. Many understand that they have the right to remain silent when they are under arrest. However, many despite being familiar with the concept neglect to remain silent when being interrogated by the police. Individuals often ignore their rights and speak to law enforcement officers without consulting an attorney first. This is a huge mistake. Having the right legal representation ensures your rights are protected. Please continue to follow along to learn why you should never speak to the police without an attorney and how our trusted Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorneys can help you today.
Do I have to speak to the police or do I always have the right to remain silent?
When arrested, it is critical to understand your constitutional rights. Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Essentially, you have the right to remain silent when you are arrested for being a suspect in a crime. In addition, you have the right not to testify and you do not need to answer any questions posed by police officers during an interrogation. In addition to having the right to remain silent, you have the right to have an attorney present during an interrogation with a law enforcement officer.
Should I speak to an attorney?
If you are arrested or suspected of a crime, it is imperative to retain the legal services of an experienced attorney. Having the right legal counsel is imperative to successfully handling interactions with the police. If you speak to the police without an attorney present, you risk them using your words against you in a court of law. It is imperative not to say something that is self-incriminating. In addition, when the police interrogate you, they may act like they are trying to help you. However, they are not on your side. Although you are not permitted to lie to a police officer, the police can lie to you. A police officer may intentionally lie to get you to confess to committing the crime. Moreover, a police officer may offer you a deal. However, they do not have the authority to do so. Without an attorney present, you may believe everything a police officer says which can lead to self-incrimination. Speaking with an attorney will ensure you understand your rights and legal options. Essentially, having the right legal representation can help you prevent harsh penalties. It is vital to remain silent to protect your rights.
In the unfortunate event that you have been arrested, it is imperative to refrain from speaking to the police until you have consulted with an attorney. Please don’t hesitate to contact our determined and skilled attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients protect their constitutional rights.