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Defense Attorney: Your Best Choice When Police Question You

Posted on in Criminal Defense

When police officers begin to ask questions, it is unsettling, confusing, and frightening. Police are a symbol of authority and power, and for many individuals even the sight of a police officer is unnerving. Fortunately, there's one area their power cannot reach -- your right to remain silent; you never have to answer questions from the police. Your criminal defense attorney has the legal expertise to handle police questions. Let's look at 3 scenarios when police ask questions and the best way to manage the situation.

1) Pulled over scenario:

If you get pulled over for any reason, the police may search your vehicle ONLY IF he/she has a justifiable cause. Even if you don't believe there's a good cause to search, do not argue or discuss it, but, for the record, be sure you don't give permission. Depending on what happens next, the police may attempt to gain information willingly from you by asking questions. Answer this way: "I wish to remain silent. . . "

Next, if the pulled-over portion of the encounter is completed, ask if you are free to go. The reason you need to ask this question is the police can only keep you detained for a reasonable amount of time. A court ruling suggested that an appropriate time to be detained is approximately 20 minutes. After that, you should expect to be released and allowed to move on.

2) Arrested scenario:

If the unfortunate occurs and you get arrested, police may attempt to ask questions to obtain additional information to solidify the case. In this instance, you have the right to contact a criminal defense attorney. Your attorney has hundreds of hours of experience researching the law and fighting cases in the courtroom. Thus, the attorney is best prepared to execute a strategy for your case. So, if police ask questions during or after an arrest, indicate that you want to remain silent and wish to contact an attorney.

3) On the street scenario:

Occasionally, a police officer may approach you when you are outside of your home or near the scene of a crime to ask questions. It's usually best not to answer any questions. For one thing, the police may think you are somehow involved. Invoke your right of silence.

Criminal defense attorneys are adept at dealing with legal matters. If you should find yourself in a predicament and in need of legal expertise and understanding, contact us today for a private consultation.

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