The Right to Remain Silent

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Posted: January 8, 2019

Often times I meet with criminal defendants who tell me they made statements to law enforcement, even after having been informed of their right to remain silent. In some cases, the fact that my client made statements to the police doesn't impact the case; but in others, it is the deciding factor. As human beings we want others to believe us and defendants in general think that by talking to law enforcement they can convince them of their innocence. Your decision to speak to the police should be weighted carefully. Remember that law enforcement cannot arrest you just because you won't talk to them. I always recommend that you see an attorney before agreeing to talk to the police because once you speak your words can and often will be used against you. So what is the moral of this story? If you think you may be in trouble it is usually best just to remain silent. At least until you can speak to an attorney.