If you should be taken into custody by a police officer, you have the right
to know what charges are being filed against you and all of the potential
penalties of those charges.
- You have the right to a lawyer, whether it is one that you hire or one
that is appointed to you if you cannot afford one on your own.
- You also have the right to have a judge decide if you should be released
or kept in jail until your trial date.
- When you are taken into custody, the officers may ask you for personal
information such as your name and address. However, before any questions
are asked, they must inform you that you have the right to remain silent
and that anything that you say to them could be used against you in a case.
- They also have to inform you that you can have an attorney present while
they question you to guide you in your answers. If you choose to not say
anything to the police officers and state that you wish to remain silent
or that you want an attorney, they are required to stop questioning you.
If you choose to remain silent, that cannot be used against you, but anything
that you write or sign is allowed to be used against you. If you simply
request a lawyer, the police must immediately stop speaking with you until
you have spoken with your lawyer.
If you are ever in a situation like this in which you need to
contact a criminal lawyer, call the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski.