Three Things a Criminal Lawyer Wished You Knew
If you are ever placed under arrest, the importance of speaking to an attorney is critical. Not only is it important, but your immediate issue is remaining silent. The biggest mistake that people make when they are placed under arrest is talking. By speaking you will only hurt your chances of a successful defense. The following are a few things an attorney wished you knew.
You don’t know the law
It is amazing how many people think they understand the law. A person will think that something they did was legal, or perhaps on the surface, it seems illegal, but it’s not because of the circumstances. Generally speaking, people have no clue what the laws are. Things regarding traffic laws are often an exception because you have to pass a test on them to get your driver’s license, but with that exception, criminal law is something the average person is not well versed in. The crime shows that you see on television usually don’t reflect the reality of our laws and the court proceedings.
You’re not going to talk your way out of it
One reason people talk after their arrest is they still think there is a chance that the police officer will take off the handcuffs and let them go. This is simply not true. The police go out of their way to gather enough evidence to justify the arrest. Whether or not it sticks in court is another issue. Once the handcuffs go on and you are read your rights, you will be going to jail. At this point, literally, anything you say can and will be held against you. The evidence may not be that strong against you, but after you open your mouth, it becomes much stronger.
You should never lie
Even before your arrest, you don’t have to answer any questions. In fact, you never have to answer questions. You are not compelled to speak at any time. So if it looks like you have been caught doing something illegal or at least it looks like you’re guilty, you can politely refuse to answer questions. But under no circumstances should you lie to the police. You don’t have to speak to a police officer, but if you do, the law requires you to be truthful. Any attempt to lie before your arrest can come back to haunt you.
If you are placed under arrest, you should remain silent, and then contact a fairfax criminal lawyer as soon as possible.