Questioned by the Police? - Don't Forget Your Rights

One of the special things about our country’s criminal justice system is that if you are suspected or accused of committing a crime, you have certain fundamental rights. Unfortunately, though, many people aren’t aware of their rights, or, in the heat of the moment, they forget about those rights.  

Know Your Rights

For instance, citizens who find themselves being questioned and in police custody may not even be aware that they have a basic fundamental right to have an attorney present any time they are being questioned by any branch of law enforcement.

Truth is, having an attorney present if you are being questioned is vitally important.  

Why is that?

For one thing, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help keep you from incriminating yourself, can make sure that you don't answer questions that are designed to trick you, and can keep officers from asking the same questions over and over again.  Bottom line – having a criminal defense attorney on your side can help make sure that you don’t make a bad situation worse.  

Plus, having an attorney by your side can level the playing field for you by keeping officers and detectives from employing some of the common tactics that are used to get suspects to either confess or incriminate themselves.  Some of these tactics can include:

  1. Telling a suspect that only a person who was guilty would ask for a lawyer 
  2. Telling a suspect that they have witnesses who can place you at the scene of the crime and that they saw you commit the crime
  3. Indicating that they already have incriminating forensic evidence against you and that if you don’t tell them what they want, things will get really bad for you

Because of our firm’s experience in handling criminal defense cases, over the years we’ve seen many instances in which these types of interrogation techniques and tactics have been used against completely innocent people.  

If you find yourself accused of a crime, be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. 

An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Car Crash

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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