If you are under investigation for a crime, have been stopped by police, or have already been charged, it is critical that you understand your legal rights. Apart from the right to legal representation, your right to remain silent is one of the most important rights you have in a criminal case. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides this right to all individuals, and it protects you from self-incrimination.
At Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC, we have earned a reputation for providing aggressive and effective defense to clients charged with all types of crimes in Union County and throughout Ohio. Led by Attorney Michael Streng, an award-winning criminal defense attorney recognized as a Top Lawyer in Columbus CEO Magazine, our criminal team works closely with our clients not only to protect their freedom and future, but to also ensure they have a solid understanding of their rights – especially their right to remain silent.
However you may come into contact with law enforcement, remember that it always in your best interest to exercise your Fifth Amendment right and request that you speak with a lawyer. Keep these tips in mind:
- Talking to Law Enforcement Will Not Help You – No matter what you may think or what others say, talking to law enforcement will not help your case. By speaking to police, you can potentially provide them with information that connects you to a crime or risk law enforcement misunderstanding your statements. Even if you are innocent, you should still exercise your right to remain silent. The government is tasked with proving any allegations against you, and providing any information apart from your identity can aid them in their case should charges be filed.
- Verbally Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent – When being investigated or stopped by police, it is important to remain polite and provide information about your identity. Apart from that, you do not have to answer their questions, explain yourself, or speak with them. It is also best to verbally invoke your right to remain silent by telling a law enforcement officer that you wish to remain silent and speak to a lawyer.
- Request a Lawyer – You have a right to legal representation when being charged with a crime, and it’s one of the most important things you can do. You can tell law enforcement officers that you wish to speak to an attorney, who can handle communication with police and prosecutors should you retain them.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, remember your right to remain silent and understand that time is of the essence when it comes to retaining a defense attorney. By contacting our firm as soon as possible, you can ensure that all communication with law enforcement will be handled by our experienced team, and that there is ample time to investigate your situation and prepare a strategy that challenges the government’s case against you and aims to minimize or eliminate the penalties you face.
Our team is readily available to help after an arrest, so make the most important call as soon as you can make it. Call (937) 403-9033 for a FREE consultation. Our firm represents clients charged with all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses.