If you have been arrested by police and taken in for questioning, it may be tempting to try to work the police on your own. Many times, the officers will make assurances that the charges will be lessened if you cooperate. Unfortunately, clients fail to realize that the police are actually working against them, looking to collect as much evidence as possible to build a case against the accused. If you have been charged with a crime or have been brought in for questioning, request a Portland Criminal Defense Attorney immediately and say nothing to the police.
Your Miranda Rights from a Portland Criminal Defense Attorney
When you are arrested, you will be read your Miranda Rights, which are your Constitutional rights under the Fifth Amendment. These include:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to an attorney
These are important rights because, as the Miranda warning tells you, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. No matter what the police tell you about charges being lessened or drop, do not listen to them. At that point, it is the hands of the prosecuting attorney.
Some people worry that requesting a Portland Criminal Defense Attorney will make them appear guilty. That does not matter: the jury will never be informed that you invoked your right to silence and they will never be informed you requested an attorney. If your story changes or if you confess, however, that will be used as evidence against you. Whether you are guilty or innocent, you need an attorney by your side to prevent police coercion and other manipulative interrogation techniques.
If you have been charged with a crime, contact a Portland Criminal Defense Attorney at Corbridge & Kroll immediately. Our experienced trial attorneys will fight aggressively to preserve your freedom and make sure your rights under the law are upheld. Before speaking to police, remain silent and contact Corbridge & Kroll right away.