Police have already determined you are guilty once they arrest you, but they might not have enough evidence or all the facts. Interrogations are intense and can elicit some of the strongest evidence against you. Your best chance at beating the charges or at least not getting into any more trouble is to contact a dedicated, aggressive Alabama criminal defense lawyer.
When you are arrested, the police must deliver your Miranda rights for any statements you make under their custody to be admissible. Barclay Law LLC breaks down these rights and explains some of your best options within them:
You have the right to remain silent
Provide only your name and address to the police, and then politely assert your right to an attorney. Law enforcement officials are well-trained in a broad range of interrogation techniques to get the accused to admit to some aspect of a crime. Additionally, once you are informed of your rights, any statement you make can and will be used against you in future legal proceedings.
You have the right to speak to an attorney
Exercise this right. Criminal defense lawyers understand the laws and how the police operate. Having a strong advocate by your side is your first step toward protecting your rights. Following your lawyer’s advice is the second step.
Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?
Once you say “yes,” all your statements are fair game for police officers and prosecutors. Provide only your name and contact information until your lawyer arrives.
The truth is that even if you are not arrested, if you are merely suspected of participating in a criminal act, you do not have to be Mirandized. Police officers ask questions to learn more about the circumstances of the crime or to trick you into incriminating yourself as taking part in the crime. If you are not arrested, you do not have to respond to police questioning. You are free to leave and to seek counsel from an attorney. You can direct the police not to speak to you without your lawyer from that point forward.
After you are arrested, a magistrate Judge may issue a warrant to search your home, vehicle and other property and will set a bond for Court appearance. Once you pay the bond, you are free until your arraignment. If you cannot pay the bond, you will be put in jail until you are arraigned. Arraignment is usually within 24 hours of the arrest. During arraignment you hear the charges against you and the penalties you face if convicted. Here, you will plead not guilty or guilty to the charges.
At Barclay Law LLC, we do everything possible to protect your rights throughout the legal process — from being suspected of a criminal offense through plea bargaining or trial. Call 205-488-2797 or contact us online today for a free consultation.