After an arrest, you may feel confused or intimidated. It is important to know that you have rights, as well as to know how to defend them. Anyone, no matter their alleged offense, must be treated with respect by law enforcement as long as they themselves are not disregarding authority. Whether or not you have been arrested, make sure that you understand your rights and how to fight for them when they are infringed upon by a police officer or other party.
At the time of arrest, your arresting officer should “read you your rights,” which are also known as the Miranda warning. These are you right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. When you are arrested under allegation of a crime, anything you say can and will be used against you by the prosecution in court. Therefore, be sure to practice this right and speak to no one – not even your arresting officer or a neutral third party, such as a family member or friend – until you have the counsel and representation of a lawyer.
You also have the right to retain legal counsel, which you should never hesitate to do. If you cannot afford a private lawyer, a representative will be selected for you from the Public Defender’s Office, but this is not the best option. Hiring your own attorney will guarantee that they are dedicated to and invested in your case. Various other rights you may have in an arrest include the right to humane and respectful treatment by law enforcement, the right to know why you were arrested, and the right to have someone notified of your arrest.
Along with the information provided above, be sure to keep your wits about you when an officer charges you with a crime. Even if you are innocent, do not panic or make a scene. Speak with a Chicago criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to take action in your defense and prevent a wrongful conviction. Facing charges of any kind without the counsel and representation of a defense lawyer is not likely to end well. You should contact an attorney immediately if you have been arrested.
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