Demand Your Rights
If You are Arrested…
Officers often rely on us to make their case. If you ever have cause to come into contact with law enforcement, know your rights and demand them, politely and respectfully.
- You have a right to remain silent. Tell officers you wish to remain silent.
- You have a right to refuse a search of your home, yourself, or your car absent a warrant, reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or exigent circumstances. Say no if they ask permission to search, because they may not have good cause and your permission may be the only thing keeping law enforcement from intruding.
- If you are not under arrest, you have a right to walk away, peacefully.
- If you are arrested, you have a right to have an attorney present for questioning. Demand one immediately.
You cannot resist the actions of officers with violence, obstruct investigations, or provide false information/documents. There is no reason, though, to let law enforcement intimidate you into doing what you are not required to do.
Following arrest, there are additional rights that you have and may assert. These include:
- You have the right to a speedy trial
- You have the right to a jury trial (in most cases).
- You have the right to be presumed innocence.
- You have the right against self-incrimination.
- You have the right to testify on your own behalf
- You have the right to cross examine and confront witnesses.
- You have the right to produce evidence.
- You have the right to use the court's subpoena power to compel witnesses to testify
- You have a right to have an attorney!
If you or a love one has had their rights violated, or if facing criminal prosecution, contact our office today for a free consultation. We want to help.