If I’m Arrested, Should I Answer Questions?

criminal defense3NH Arrest – You should not agree to be interviewed by the police if you are suspected of a crime or if you have been arrested.  In either case, you should consult with an experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer.  The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives you the right to remain silent.  The rights you see TV cops read to people they arrest are the Miranda rights.

Miranda Rights

In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), ruled that anyone arrested for a crime must be meaningfully informed of their right to remain silent.  And if you are ever arrested for a crime, you should listen to those rights because they are good advice.  People often believe that, if they just answer questions and explain, the police officer’s suspicions will go away.  That is almost always incorrect.  Police officers are well-trained to interrogate suspects and, innocent or guilty, you need the assistance of a lawyer trained to defend you.

New Hampshire Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been stopped by the police, it is important to retain a knowledgeable attorney who can give you specific legal advice regarding your situation and can help you build your best defense.  Call Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with an attorney that will zealously represent your interests and fight to protect your freedom.

 

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