Criminal Defense Tips or Why You Really Need to Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

You haveĀ been accused of a crime, perhaps a heinous, terrible crime. Your natural reaction will be to vehemently defend yourself, to protest your innocence, especially if you are, in fact, innocent.

However, speaking with the police or the media or even in testimony in court is the biggest mistake that you can make. Police detectives and prosecutors are adroit at twisting testimony and tricking people into telling untruths, itself a crime. Those perils are why you hire a criminal defense lawyer. The United States Constitution grants you the right to remain silent for a reason.

If you do talk and do not let your defense attorney speak for you, a number of horrible things may happen. You could, for instance, inadvertently confess to committing a crime, whether or not you actually did so. You could confirm a piece of evidence that points toward you committing a crime.

You could, accidentally, tell a lie to the detective or the prosecutor. Law enforcement officials are skilled at tricking people into lying. They will ask the same question in different ways at different times. If your answers do not match, they may have you for perjury even if you never committed the original crime.

Detectives, being human, might not entirely understand what you’re trying to say. They may not remember what you said. They may, under pressure of “solving” the case, lie themselves to wrongly convict you. That sort of thing occurs more often than is imagined.

The bottom line, you should exercise your right to remain silent. Place the task of proving you innocent in the hands of a professional, a criminal defense lawyer. For more informationĀ contact us.