Even when a person is arrested for a crime, they still have rights that should be respected by law enforcement officials. These rights are meant to protect an alleged offender from unfair treatment and wrongful charges should their accusations prove to be false. If you have been charged with a crime of any kind, make sure you understand your rights and how to protect them.
One right that you have in an arrest is the right to remain silent. This may seem unnecessary, but few people realize the importance of watching what you say after being arrested. Anything that you say could be skewed and used against you by the prosecution, so be sure that you don’t say a word until you’ve exercised your second right: the right to an attorney. Once you have the counsel and representation of a skilled California criminal defense lawyer, they can handle all communication on your behalf and ensure that nothing you say is incriminating.
These rights should be read to you at the time of your arrest through the well-known Miranda Rights Warning. If your arresting officer failed to read you your rights as they should have done, then you may have a strategy for defense. The officer may also attempt to convince or intimidate you into giving a statement – don’t do it. Again, you have every right to remain silent and you should exercise that right until you have acquired a criminal defense attorney.
At Ridley Defense, we fight for the rights of accused individuals and believe in the idea of “innocent until proven guilty.” Even when an officer arrests you, they should treat you respectfully and honor your rights. Call our firm today if you have questions or need representation after an arrest. We have handled thousands of defense cases from misdemeanors to felonies and we could aggressively fight to have your charges dismissed.
Ridley Defense has skillfully defended the wrongfully accused for more than 25 years. Our firm handles all types of criminal defense cases, from DUIs and drug crimes to violent crimes and mental health diversion cases. As a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney, Douglas H. Ridley has five years of valuable experience in the DA's office that gives him insight into what the prosecution needs in order to press charges.
If you have been arrested for a crime, contact a criminal defense attorney from our firm today for a free case evaluation. Call us at (805) 208-1866 24/7 for help. We look forward to reviewing your case!