The Right to Remain Silent

Far too often a case can be lost before the attorney has even had a fighting chance because a client makes a statement to the police. Those statements, whether intended to or not can and will be used against you in Court. Once brought in for questioning, most people do not realize they have the right to not say anything.

What happens if you don’t say anything? It’s possible you could still be charged with an offense, even if you have a great alibi placing you in another State, but the risk of answering a question that could open you up to further investigation only assists the police in making their case, not necessarily proving your innocence.

What happens if you do make a statement? It can be taken as an admission to the crime, which means your defense options down the line are reduced to next to nothing, not to mention the uphill battle your attorney and you will face trying to keep your statement away from a judge or jury.

Attached is a link to an article about a man who regardless of guilt or innocence has kept his mouth shut. It’s the first thing we attorneys tell our clients and the last thing that they remember unfortunately. Of all the rights given to us by the Constitution, the right to remain silent is usually the most important when it comes to protecting your liberties.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/columns_and_blogs/columns/dan_casey/dan-casey-even-the-innocent-have-right-to-silence/article_187b33b6-c9bf-11e3-9e03-0017a43b2370.html

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