If you read the news headlines on any given day you’re most likely to see stories about arrests in your community – both justified and unjustified. So often that these days many people don’t fully understand what their rights are.
Although no one ever plans on getting arrested it always best to be prepared for such a circumstance just in case. So, the legal experts at DeJean & Noland Law Office broke down some of your essential rights to know if you ever find yourself in the face of handcuffs.
1. Do not talk to the police.
Take your right to remain silent seriously. The police are true to their word in that anything you say will be used against you. You can incriminate yourself without knowing it. EVEN IF YOU ARE INNOCENT.
2. Demand a lawyer before speaking.
If you do want to speak to the police, never do so without speaking to an attorney first. Again this goes back to what we mentioned earlier in the article: anything you say can and will be used against you. Therefore it is always advised to speak and experienced attorney first.
3. Do not sign any paperwork without a lawyer present.
They will attempt to have you waive your right to counsel via a written statement. You always want to make sure you have a lawyer present on your side to help guide in making any decisions.
Bottom line is if you are arrested the only words that should exit your mouth are I am not speaking without an attorney present.