Thursday, October 29, 2009

Your Rights in a Criminal Investigation

If you know or even suspect that you a subject in a criminal investigation, it is critical that you consult legal counsel immediately.

Everything and anything you do and say right now can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of your case. Law enforcement is trained to lure you into saying the wrong thing - they are NOT after the truth, they are after YOU! No matter what, do not speak to or trust anyone other than your defense attorney.

Remember that the goal of law enforcement is to build cases that can lead to a criminal conviction. Prosecutors and investigators are willing to take their time and expend tremendous resources to build a case against you. Their job is not to protect your rights. It is to get a conviction.

Until you have been arrested, you have no Miranda Rights againts self-incrimination. Anything that you say can and will be used against you. You do not even have the right to know the charges you are facing.

It is normal to want to defend yourself, and this is where most people get into trouble. Do not talk to law enforcement officials, potential witnesses or anyone else without first speaking with an attorney.

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