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:
- Telling a suspect that only a person who was guilty would ask for a lawyer
- 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
- 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.
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