Have you been arrested for a crime? When most people think of being arrested, they envision an episode of law and order where the officer reads them their rights and follows protocol to the letter. Many people also believe that being completely upfront and honest with authorities will play out in their favor and they will have a lesser sentence due to their willingness to cooperate. That’s not generally how things go down though and that misconception can partly be blamed on criminal television shows.
In reality, the criminal justice system is very different than how it is in the movies or on T.V. As an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, I want to shed light on this issue to help keep people informed. Did you know that law enforcement officials do not have to read you your rights? The Miranda warning is only absolutely necessary when a police officer has you in custody and plans to question you and plans to put your statement on the record. This way, if you happen to say anything incriminating, they can use that statement against you as evidence in the case. They are not legally obligated to read the Miranda rights to you while they are putting the hand cuffs on.
Did you also know that the authorities are allowed to lie to you during questioning? That’s right! Law enforcement officials can tell you any white lie and concoct any story imaginable, if they believe it will draw a confession out of you. The most common lies include: “Your accomplice already confessed”, “Things will be much better if you cooperate”, “We have an eye-witness that saw you do it”, and “We already have incriminating evidence against you, it would be better for you to just be honest.” The truth of the matter is that they will say anything to land a conviction and statements such as these can help them speed up the process in an attempt to get a conviction out of people.
You do have the right to remain silent and anything you say WILL be held against you in a court of law. That is why you should always speak with your attorney before answering any questions and you shouldn’t talk to them without your attorney present. With over a decade of experience, I have gained incredible insight into the workings of the criminal justice system and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of the criminally accused. With hard-hitting defense on your side, your chances of success are significantly greater. If you are facing criminal charges, now is the time to make informed decisions.