Under the U.S. Constitution, all citizens have the right to remain silent. It seems like such a simple concept to understand. Yet, as Criminal Defense attorneys, we have seen what can happen to those that choose not to exercise their right. So to help you better clarify this principle, we want to help answer this simple question. What does this really mean to you?
What does the Right to Remain Silent really mean?
When individuals are arrested, they are often read their Miranda Rights. Then they are asked by police to speak to them about the circumstances surrounding the incident. Thinking that can talking can prevent themselves from being arrested, many people want to talk to the police. It is their chance to explain their side of the story. And isn’t it just the right thing to do?
What most people don’t realize is that in most cases, the police officer has already decided if they are going to make an arrest. In fact, in cases where an arrest warrant has been issued, the officer does not have any choice. Regardless of what they may think, they must arrest you. What this means, is that when officers are speaking to you, it is often to simply gather more evidence against you.
What Should You Do?
So what should you do when a police officer wants to speak with you? Respectfully ask for your attorney – and nothing more. Your attorney will be the best person to make sure that you don’t incriminate yourself. If you have a defense to the crime, the attorney will be the best person to put that defense forward. Many times, speaking with the police is actually beneficial. However, only do it when your attorney is present. They will ensure that doing so actually protects your interests.
Experience is Critical
When you are facing criminal charges, having an experienced Criminal Defense attorney is critical. Someone that know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Someone that has been there and seen what can happen from both sides of the fence. Serving Jacksonville for over thirty years, and hundreds of years of combined experience, the Jacksonville Criminal Defense attorneys at Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. can help. We have the experience needed to assist you in your defense and to ensure that your rights are protected. So remember, stay silent and ask for your attorney!
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