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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 head of the moment, they forget about those 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 quested is vitally important.

Why is that?

For one thing, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help 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 question 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 as for a lawyer.
  • Telling a suspect that they have witnesses who can place you at the scene of the crime and they 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.

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