How to Protect Your Rights during an Arrest
No matter what the alleged crime may be, if you are being arrested, you are entitled to certain protections under the law. However, it is your responsibility to take action to ensure that your rights are upheld during an arrest. Contact a skilled Long Beach criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges in order to obtain the best possible outcome for your circumstances.
An arrest involves taking a person into custody and transporting him or her to a police station or directly to jail. At the time of arrest, it is important to understand that you do not have to answer any questions or provide any information.
The law enforcement officer is legally obligated to inform you of your rights during an arrest, as well. This is known as a Miranda warning, or the Miranda rights. These rights include:
- The right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination,
- Anything you say can and may be used against you in court,
- You may have a lawyer present during questioning,
- You may have a lawyer appointed for you if you cannot afford one.
After the officer has read the Miranda rights, you may inform him or her that you would like to have an attorney and will be exercising your right to remain silent.
It is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side to guide you through the process and to provide specific advice on the best course of action for your case. If you are facing criminal charges, call (888) 454-5569 to discuss your situation in a free and confidential consultation with Long Beach criminal defense Attorney Joseph H. Low IV.