You Have The Right To Remain Silent – We Make Sure Of That
Law enforcement officers are supposed to honor your right not to answer their questions, but this is not always the case. At Hernandez & Associates, P.C., our Denver criminal defense lawyers have seen hundreds of cases in which the police trick someone into incriminating themselves or violate your right to remain silent.
We are committed to protecting your Fifth Amendment right not to speak to the police. If you face a criminal charge because you made the mistake of talking to the police, we will defend you.
What Should I Do If A Cop Wants To Talk To Me?
During the course of an investigation – or even if they approach you randomly on the street – a police officer might try to ask you incriminating questions. The police want to find someone to arrest, charge and prosecute. Many will stop at nothing to put someone behind bars – even if you are innocent. This is what to do instead of speaking with them:
- Remain calm and polite, even if the officer is not.
- You have an obligation to tell them the information listed on your driver’s license such as your name, address and date of birth.
- After this, you can politely but firmly say, “I choose not to speak to you.”
- Contact a criminal law attorney immediately.
Many people are afraid to say no to a police officer. You will not suffer any penalties if you decline.
Do Not Let The Cops Search Your Belongings Either
Similarly, the police do not have the right to search your car, suitcase, bag or house without your consent unless they have probable cause to suspect that illegal activity is taking place. Unlawful search and seizure is when a police officer violates your rights by conducting a search or taking your belongings without your permission, often to facilitate a drug crime arrest. Unless the officer has a search warrant, politely refuse to let them search or seize your property.
Before You Talk To The Police, Talk To Us In A Free Consultation
If the police want to interview, get in touch with one of our criminal defense attorneys first. Even if you already spoke to a police officer and it landed you in trouble, Hernandez & Associates, P.C., may still help you. To schedule a completely free consultation, please call 303-536-5134 or send us an email.