You Have the Right to Remain Silent. Use It
Whether or not you have been arrested before, if you watch any crime shows, you have most likely heard some version of the Miranda warnings. When police arrest an individual, that person must be advised of his or her rights under the U.S. Constitution before they are questioned, including:
- The right to remain silent
- The right not to incriminate yourself
- The right to an attorney of your choosing or as appointed by the court
Choosing to remain silent does not just mean that you do not have to talk to the police. You should not discuss your case with anyone other than your criminal defense attorney. As a former prosecutor in New Hanover County, Patrick Roberts of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, knows that statements made after an arrest can be used against you. Protect yourself and your future by exercising your right to remain silent.
Only Conversations With Your Lawyer Are Confidential
Maybe you are released from jail or if a family member comes to visit, the first thing you will likely be asked is, "What happened?" It is a mistake to talk about your case to anyone, including your family and friends, until after you have spoken with a criminal defense attorney.
The experienced lawyers of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, can advise you of what you should and should not tell others about your criminal case. It may seem harmless to talk to a parent or a girlfriend or boyfriend about what happened, but the law protects only conversations with your lawyer and certain others (such as a spouse) from being discovered by the prosecution and used against you.
Contact Our Wilmington Firm to Meet With an Attorney Today
When you have questions about what you should and should not discuss with friends and family related to criminal charges you face, the criminal defense attorneys of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, can give you answers. Contact us or call 910-212-5555 to meet with one of our Wilmington criminal defense lawyers today.