Right To Remain Silent

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you in court.” The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a person does not have to speak with an officer if they are in custody and are questioned by an officer which is otherwise known as custodial interrogation. But, you also have the right to remain silent even if you are not in custody.

Will Talking To An Officer Help My Case?

No! Many people think that they must talk with an officer, but the officer wants to speak with you if you are arrested because it is the easiest way to prove a case. A person removes all reasonable doubt by admitting to criminal wrongdoing. Generally, the biggest mistake a person can make is speaking to an officer if they want to talk to you, or speaking with an officer if you have been arrested. Either say nothing, or tell the officer you will not talk without your lawyer present. You have the right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer.

I Made A Statement To The Officer. What Do I Do?

While the officer may not be friendly, the officer cannot force a person to make a statement, but generally law enforcement will try to persuade you to make a statement. The officer might suggest that the situation will be easier for you if you tell the truth, or that the prosecutor might take into consideration your cooperation. You will never get a guaranteed outcome from the officer. If you have made a statement, then the statement can be used against you in court unless there is an opportunity to have your statement thrown out, i.e. ruled inadmissible.

Contact Scott at 573-821-4013. Once you have hired Scott to represent you, then Scott can begin the process of analyzing your case to determine whether you may have a reasonable opportunity to have your statement thrown out of court.

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