The right to avoid incriminating yourself is crucial to our criminal justice
system in the United States, and utilizing this right is crucial to obtaining
a successful outcome to your case. The Supreme Court decision in
Miranda v. Arizona set a precedent which says that in order to preserve this right, law enforcement
must notify those they arrest of their rights that they can exercise in
order to avoid incriminating themselves before questioning them. Today,
these rights are known as your “Miranda rights” and you can
and should utilize them to the fullest extent in order to avoid giving
law enforcement any evidence against you. Let’s look at these important
rights in more detail.
“You have the right to remain silent.”
This is the one most everybody who has ever seen a police drama on TV
knows. This right is exactly as it sounds: you have the right to remain
silent and refuse to answer any questions that may incriminate yourself.
It’s very important to exercise this right if you have any doubts
about how your answer will affect your case for reasons we’ll discuss now.
“Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of
Once police have read you your rights and you have agreed that you understand
them, police may then begin questioning you and anything you say will
be considered a statement that can be used as evidence against you in court.
“You have the right to an attorney.”
You have the right to refuse to answer any questions from law enforcement
without legal counsel present. Simply inform law enforcement that you
would like to have an attorney present and they may not ask you any questions
until you have obtained one.
“If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at
Money can be difficult to come by for some people, so those who cannot
afford an attorney’s services can request the assistance of a public
defender. These attorneys are paid through taxpayer dollars as a public
service and can help you seek a positive outcome from your case. However,
they often do not have control over their workloads and your case may
not receive the attention it needs.
Have you been arrested and accused of a crime? Attorney
Melvin L. Vatz has the experience and knowledge you need to aggressively pursue a positive
conclusion to your case. At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we have
more than 40 years of experience helping people with their legal issues,
and we understand first-hand the importance and gravity your case has
on your life. Our aggressive and well-orchestrated style of defense has
earned a long record of courtroom success and highly satisfied clients.
Call the Law Office of Melvin L Vatz today at 412.453.3341 to request a
free case evaluation today!