Understanding the Right to Remain Silent
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Aug 3, 2016
In most cases, the criminal process starts with a stop or an arrest. A police officer only has the right to arrest a person if they have probable cause to believe the individual committed a felony, have witnessed the individual commit a misdemeanor crime, or has found that there is a warrant for the individual’s arrest. No matter what reason the officer may have, it is important that the individual thoroughly understands their rights.
Because our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of persons throughout Arizona, we have taken the time to explain the Miranda Rights and how understanding these rights can help a person avoid an unlawful arrest and an incorrect criminal charge.
Your Miranda Rights
In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court established the Miranda Rights, which state that an individual must be read the Fifth Amendment before a police officer can take them into custody. Therefore, when an individual is arrested, the law enforcement officer who performs the arrest must inform the suspect of their constitutional rights. These rights include:
- The right to a lawyer
- The right to remain silent
It is extremely important for an arrested person to consider the power of remaining silent. In many cases, law enforcement officers will ask a series of questions or make assumptions in hopes that the arrested person will admit fault or provide evidence that they were involved in a crime. Instead of speaking to the police, the arrested person should practice their right to remain silent and contact legal representation immediately. A skilled lawyer can ensure the individual’s rights are protected and that the arrested person does not become subject to unnecessary heavy fines and harsh penalties.
Accused of a Crime? Contact Salvador Phillips, PLLC Today!
If you were arrested or accused of a crime, we encourage you to get in touch with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Salvador Phillips, PLLC right away. We can examine the details of your case and determine which details can be used to form a strategic defense for you. We understand these types of cases can be highly complex and stress inducing, and that is why we stand ready to defend your rights from beginning to end. No matter what your case may be, we have the knowledge and skills it takes to put aggressive legal defense in your corner.