An NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Explain Your Rights
If you are being contacted by a police officer or federal agent regarding
a crime or a so called "incident," you are probably the focus
of a criminal investigation. The worst thing you could do under these
circumstances is meet with the law enforcement officer without first getting
the advice of an experienced
criminal defense lawyer.
Speaking with law enforcement will not help you. You should NOT answer
any of the officer’s questions, because doing so could be helping
them build a case against you. You have a legal right to remain silent
and should do so until you speak with an experienced criminal defense
lawyer. If you believe that you are being investigated by law enforcement,
do not wait until the situation gets worse or spirals out of control.
Common Questions: Criminal Investigations
The investigators want to schedule an interview. Should I go?
Not without proper legal representation! Anything you say to an investigator
or detective is fair game to be used against you in the court of law.
They will do everything that they can to have you self-incriminate, so
you need to have a heavyweight on your side who will shield you from such outcomes.
What are the Miranda rights?
Also referred to as the Miranda warning, your Miranda rights is a warning
that must be read to you by law enforcement if you are placed into police
custody. This will alert you to all of the rights that you have under
the law – namely, the right to remain silent, that anything you
say can be used against you, that you have the right to have an attorney
present and that if you are unable to afford one, you will have one appointed.
What if my Miranda rights weren't read to me?
This would be seen as a breach in police protocol. In these cases, anything
that you say could be thrown out. This will not throw out the criminal
charges or invalidate the arrest – it will only make any statements
you made suppressed and not to be used against you in the court of law.
I'm under investigation – what should I do?
Almost as frightening as being officially arrested is being under criminal
investigation as it can be unsettling to not know where you stand. For
this reason, it is in your best interests to immediately get the involvement
of a criminal lawyer. Even if you have not been officially charged, you
do not want to wait until the last second to begin protecting your rights.
You need to act immediately to ensure that you are being given the most
aggressive form of protection from the very beginning.
Do not make the mistake of thinking investigators are your friend.
They are there to do their job – find enough evidence to incriminate
you. So exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. Anything
that you say can be used against you, and you should assume that it will
be. Therefore, the best thing that you can do is say nothing. This is
not the time to try and talk your way out of it or convince the investigator
that you are innocent. Even the smallest thing you say could be twisted
to be used against you.
Get an Experienced Criminal Defender On Your Side
By getting an attorney involved, you will be giving yourself yet another
level of protection. At our firm, we will be able to help protect you
against self-incrimination to give you the resources that you need. We
will ensure that you do not give anything to them that could be used against
you and will help ensure that your rights are violated. We will be able
to determine what is the best course of action (such as whether or not
negotiating or settling with law enforcement is a good idea), and can
immediately begin gathering evidence on our own to get a head start in
building your defense.
Want to know more? Don't wait until it's too late! Get the involvement
of our firm today and we will be able to step up to protect your legal
rights. If you would like to discuss your case with a member of our firm,
please do not hesitate to
contact us today. We have years of experience and have successfully handled thousands
of cases before. You can be confident knowing that we will stop at nothing
in our efforts to provide the thorough and high-quality representation
that you truly deserve.