The Right to Remain Silent
We have all heard the sentence “you have the right to remain silent” a thousand times on TV and in movies. Some of us have heard it in person during an arrest. Police officers—not just those on TV—are required to read you your rights any time you are being arrested. But your right to remain silent extends before an arrest, as well. Any time you talk to the police, you have the right to counsel.
The Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices are here to help. Remember that the next part of the Miranda warning is that anything you say can be used against you. You should take that warning very seriously: anything at all you say to the police, even if it is before your arrest, can be twisted and used against you. A defense lawyer knows these tricks, however, and can help you avoid saying anything that would hurt your chances of clearing your name.
If you have been arrested, Bruno Law Offices can help you with your legal proceedings to safeguard you from an unjust conviction or excessive punishment. Even if you haven’t had a run-in with the police yet, adding (217) 328-6000 to your phone now can help you in the future.
When you have been arrested, you are entitled to the help of a lawyer at every stage. You have the legal right not to talk to the police without the presence of a lawyer, and taking advantage of that right can keep you from going to jail or otherwise facing serious legal consequences.