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The Importance of the Right to Remain Silent

One of the most important rights we enjoy as Americans is the right to remain silent. This means that the police cannot force us to testify or otherwise aid in our prosecution. This is an extremely important right and everyone should always choose to exercise it. If you have been arrested, say nothing to the police and request a Portland criminal defense attorney. The police have to immediately stop questioning you until counsel has arrived.

Many people try to explain away their charges or hope that if they cooperate with police, they may choose to let the accused go. This never happens. Before you are placed under arrest, it may potentially be wise to cooperate or try to explain your side of the story. But once you have been arrested, the police have decided there is enough evidence against you to detain you and are actively gathering evidence against you. Therefore you need to remain silent.

Police also are experts at steering conversations in a certain direction. They question suspects every single day and know how to trip someone up and make someone seem guilty. Even innocent people sometimes confess to crimes just to get the police to stop this grueling line of questioning. Do not get tripped up by this questioning – exercise your right to remain silent.

Some defendants also worry that requesting an attorney may make them seem guilty. This worry is unfounded. A jury will not take into consideration your exercising of your Constitutional rights. It is not time to worry about perception. If you have been arrested, your only concern should be mounting a strong defense with an experienced defense lawyer.

At Kroll & Johnson, we have helped many clients accused of serious criminal charges. We understand how difficult this time can be and we work to help the accused achieve the best possible outcome for their charges. If you have been arrested for a crime, exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney from Kroll & Johnson immediately.

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