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Understanding Your Rights when Facing Criminal Charges
When an individual is facing criminal charges or has been arrested, it can be overwhelming to understand what his or her rights are. It is important to know that you DO have rights, and those rights need to be upheld by any and all law enforcement officials or other individuals with whom you have contact during your case.
To ensure that your rights are protected, enlist the assistance of an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. At Law Offices of Laura D. Siemers, we work hard to see that your rights are preserved throughout the entirety of your case.
As a defendant in a criminal case, you have rights that must be upheld; our Melbourne defendants’ rights attorney can make sure this is the case.
What Are Miranda Rights?
When you are in police custody, the police are obligated to read you what are called your “Miranda rights.” These are a set of rights that need to be told to each and every individual who is in custody on any type of charges, providing him or her with the knowledge of what he or she is entitled to.
The rights often read as: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”
Upon hearing these, you will be asked if you understand these rights and if you wish to continue to speak with the officer. If you are not “Mirandized,” (the term for being read your Miranda rights), we may have grounds upon which to seek the dismissal of your case, as you were not properly informed of your rights.
Right to Remain Silent
When your Miranda rights are read to you, right at the beginning you are told you have the right to remain silent. This means that you do not have to talk to police or give them any information that they may use against you in the future. Your right to remain silent is one of the most important rights that you have. If you choose to talk to the police, thinking you are defending yourself, they can twist your words and use them in order to construct a case against you. You may find that you are unintentionally incriminating yourself.
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