Your right to remain silent is one of the most important, and unfortunately for many, most overlooked rights when being investigated for a crime. Under most circumstances, you are not under any obligation to provide police with information which is self incriminating. Most people know, from watching shows like Law and Order, they cannot be compelled to testify against themselves in court. However, many people do not realize that they cannot be compelled to offer incriminating statements and confessions to law enforcement when interrogated. The police are often very good and getting confessions or getting people, even those who are innocent in many situations, to provide statements which are later used in court against them and significantly hurt their case. As rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to speak with an attorney before talking to police about anything you may be investigated for.
Invoke Your Right to an Attorney
If the police contact you, if the police want to questions you, let them know you will not be talking to them until you have an attorney. Invoking your right to a lawyer should terminate any questioning by law enforcement. Everyone is entitled to speak with a lawyer and the police cannot continue to interrogate you after letting them know you are refusing to speak until you have an attorney.
Speaking with a Lawyer
Many people want to give their side of the story to the police, especially if they are innocent of any crimes. However, this so often works against you it is not advised no matter what the circumstances. Reviewing your case with an Ogden Criminal Defense Lawyer at our office can make all the difference in the world. For more information, call and speak with a member of our team right now at 801.823.1200. We are available 24/7 and can help you prevent putting your foot in your mouth.