If you are being investigated for a crime, or have been charged with a crime like drug possession or a DUI, you may be wondering what rights you might have and what your options are. Sometimes individuals may be searched by police on the spot, or questioned by police in the context of being pulled over by the police. Other times, individuals may be the subject of an investigation or may be subject to police questioning in connection with a crime. Ultimately, when encountering police, whether in a routine traffic stop, or whether you are stopped on the street, or if police knock on your door, you have rights. What are some things to keep in mind if you have been arrested, stopped, or charged with a crime?
• You have the right to remain silent. The ACLU notes that you do not have to answer any questions asked by law enforcement, with the
exception of providing your name if asked, and your license and registration if you are pulled over by an officer while driving. You can tell
officers that you are asserting your right to remain silent and would like to speak to a lawyer before answering any questions. If you have
been stopped on suspicion of a DUI, you could lose your driver’s license if you refuse to submit to a breath or blood test, but you do have the
right to refuse these tests.
• Generally, once you ask to speak to a lawyer, police officers will stop asking questions, but this is not always guaranteed. Be polite, and remind
officers that you wish to remain silent. Remember that police are trained to get information from you and they can lie. Having a lawyer to
assist you as you navigate police questioning can make a big difference in protecting your rights. • Even if you want to cooperate with police, you may still want to speak to a lawyer first. Innocent people who want to help police officers may
find themselves become subjects of an investigation if police take things they say the wrong way. If you are concerned that you may be a
suspect, even if you want to cooperate and help police, it can help to have a criminal defense lawyer on your side. • Remember that anything you say to police can be used against you. You always have the right to remain silent. If you have been arrested, or are being questioned in connection with a crime, your future, your freedom, and your reputation may be on the line. Reach out to the criminal defense lawyers at the Brandyburg Law Firm in Mobile, Alabama today. We may be able to help you navigate the criminal defense system. You do not have to navigate the criminal defense system alone