Fullerton Criminal Defense Attorney – Right to Remain Silent. As a Fullerton Criminal Defense Attorney, I have seen a lot of cases where a person talks to the police to try and give their side of the story. DON’T! And here’s why.
The 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution states that you have a right to remain silent. This means that you cannot be compelled by the government to provide incriminating inforation about yourself. This is your right. In simple terms, The 5th Amendment states that you do not have to speak to the police. You do not have to incriminate yourself. If you plea the 5th, the police cannot continue asking you questions, as this is your right. In the simplest terms, it just means you want to shut the F%ck up.
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But I’m Innocent
I want to explain my case to the police because I’m innocent. Often times, when the police come out to question you about a potential criminal allegation, they are not there to find out the truth. A lot of times, they are questioning you with the intention of confusing you in order to make it sound like you committed a crime. They will twist your words around to the point where it sounds like you did something wrong.
Even if you are innocent, it is still best to keep your mouth shut. At no time should you speak to the police if you are being accussed of committing a crime.
If you don’t speak to the police, they cannot twist your words around. Even something as little as “I don’t know” can be used against you. More importantly, if you do not speak to the police, your attorney will have the oportunity to explain your side to the prosecutor. That way, you will have someone trained in the law as your voice. Someone who won’t be susceptible to the tricks of the police or prosecutor.
What if I’m guilty. Then you really shouldn’t speak with the police. Plea the 5th. It’s your right. If you cannot remember “I plea the 5th” then just tell the officer you want to shut the F%ck up and not answer any of their questions.
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Because the 5th Amendment is so important, I’ve even included on the back of my business card (see below).
I’m Still Confused
After reading this, I’m still confused. That is ok. The 5th Amendment can be confusing, as to when you can and cannot use it. From personal experience, it can only be used in limited circumstances. If you are still confused and want to discuss your rights, contact the Law Office of Jimmy Cha, APC, your Fullerton Criminal Defense Attorney. I’d be more than happy to discuss your 5th Amendment right to remain silent.
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