In the field of criminal law every person has rights granted by the Federal and State Constitutions and by State Law. One of the most valuable rights granted by the United States Constitution and the Mississippi Constitution is the right against self incrimination. This means that no person can be required to give testimony against their own interest in a criminal cases. When you are asked any facts by a police officer that might even tend to connect you to a crime you can plead the Fifth Amendment.
I have written many times on a person’s Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. I encourage any person who is being questioned by the police to invoke their right to be silent and right to a lawyer. When you are questioned by police or asked to answer questions immediately tell the police you want a lawyer. I have interviewed many clients who have told me that they asked for a lawyer but the police kept talking or tried to convince them they did not need a lawyer. The police do not have your legal interest in mind. If you are being questioned by the police protect yourself and ask for a lawyer and make no statements until you talk with a lawyer. If you know the police want to speak with you go see a lawyer first. Let the lawyer advise you before you consider making a statement.
If you are reading this post I hope you never need a criminal lawyer. After over 29 years of law practice I know that good people make mistake and sometime commit a crime. If you find yourself in that situation call us. We have years of experience solving legal problems. We help people throughout Mississippi.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.