People find themselves facing criminal charges in Michigan every day. Whether they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time or made a mistake, such as holding onto a controlled substance for a friend, these charges are always scary. It is important that anyone charged with a crime remembers that they have certain rights and that an arrest does not always mean they will lose their freedom. A Rockford criminal defense attorney can help anyone facing charges and advise them of their legal options.
There are some crimes in Rockford that are more common than others. A criminal defense lawyer can help individuals facing charges of:
When facing any of these charges, it is important everyone remembers that even when they have been arrested, they still have rights.
Many people think that if they have been arrested for a crime, they do not have any rights and must cooperate with the police. While it is in your best interests to cooperate, that does not mean you have to provide excessive information or allow an officer to interrogate you whenever they want. Although law enforcement often tries to violate a person’s rights after an arrest, everyone should know what rights they have and how to protect them.
The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution provides everyone with the right to remain silent after an arrest. In most cases, law enforcement will remind individuals of this right while issuing the Miranda warning. Unfortunately, not all police officers read arrested individuals these rights. Law enforcement is also only required to read a suspect these rights after that person has been taken into custody. However, no one ever has to answer a police officer’s questions, particularly if that person believes that the answer will be incriminating.
The Sixth Amendment affords accused individuals with many different rights. One of the most important of these is the right to an attorney. You should always tell an officer after your arrest that you want to speak to an attorney, and you should not say anything else until you have been allowed to contact a lawyer. The Sixth Amendment also provides you the right to be told what you are being accused of, the right to a trial in a timely fashion, and the right to confront your accusers and defend against the charges.
Unfortunately, law enforcement does not always uphold a person’s rights during arrest and after they are taken into custody. This is why it is so important to speak to an attorney right away to ensure your rights are protected.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, do not hesitate to contact our Rockford criminal defense attorney at Van Den Heuvel Law Office. We will always ensure your rights are protected and will hold law enforcement and the prosecution responsible for upholding your rights, too. Call us today or contact us online so we can discuss your case.