Simply being interrogated for a crime can be a daunting experience. If you are ever stopped for questioning by the police, your first instinct may be to say whatever you can to keep the conversation as brief as possible. All too often it is a mistake to employ such a strategy. At such times, it is important to remember that anything you tell the police could be interpreted as incriminating. That is just the kind of evidence the authorities are looking for when speaking to you.
Previously on this blog, we covered what are called Miranda rights, which are what grant you the opportunity to have an attorney by your side before questioning. While you have these rights, the police are not typically going to go out of their way to make sure you invoke them. You see, after you're arrested, the police only need to tell you about your right to legal representation, they are under no obligation to expedite the process of making sure you have an attorney.
It is your responsibility to speak up and state your desire to have an attorney at your side. Until your attorney arrives, you are best served by simply not discussing anything regarding the case, or any other aspect of your personal life, with the police. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner the attorney can begin to act on your behalf and act as a buffer between you and the police.
We at Johnson & Johnson understand how an arrest can be unnerving and stressful. We also have experience representing the interests of clients who have come under suspicion of criminal activity and put our efforts into making sure that their rights are maintained. We have the tools at our disposal to perform investigations that help build strong cases for our clients. If you are facing criminal charges, please consider contacting our offices so we can start constructing an effective defense as soon as possible.