It is intimidating when a police officer wants to interrogate you. Whether or not you have been arrested, you may be concerned that what you say may later be used against you.
As Fairfax criminal defense attorneys, we believe that all Americans should have a basic knowledge of what to do when the police want to interrogate them. Here are some of the most important points you will need to remember if you ever find yourself in police custody
“Miranda” Rights Provide You With Legal Protection
A Miranda warning must be provided to a person who is in police custody and whom the police interrogate. Stemming from a 1966 court case, Miranda v Arizona, these rights are constitutionally required before questioning to protect an individual’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The rights include:
The right to remain silent. Always remember that everything you say to the officer can be used against you in court.
The right to speak to a lawyer before answering any questions and to have the lawyer present during questioning. Tell the officer only that you wish to exercise your right to remain silent and that you wish to talk to an attorney. Call Taylor Law Company at 703-385-5529 immediately!
The right to stop the interrogation at any time. If you decide to talk to a police officer and then change your mind, you may tell the officer that you wish to stop the interrogation.
The failure to provide an adequate Miranda warning can have a significant impact on your case, because the police will not be able to use what they learned during the interrogation against you.
Contact an Experienced Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney if You Are in Police Custody
Police officers may make mistakes. However, you should expect that they will provide you an adequate warning and that what you say to the police will be admissible in court. The best way to protect yourself is not to hope for a police mistake, but rather to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Northern Virginia.
If you are being questioned by the police or if you have been arrested and you find yourself in need of a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, please contact the capable attorneys at the Taylor Law Company. We will use our considerable knowledge and experience to protect your rights. Call us here in Fairfax at (703) 385-5529 and request a free, no-obligation consultation today.