Mississippi Criminal Defense Rule #1: You DO Have the Right to Remain Silent

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As an avid sports guy, I’ve been reading about the upcoming perjury trial of Roger Clemens and it struck me how they would not even be in this position had they simply kept their mouths shut. Both have been indicted for lying under oath about using steroids. Had they simply invoked their 5th Amendment right to remain silent, neither would be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting these charges. Are you listening Bobby Delaughter.

I understand that when people get arrested, they feel pressured to talk to the police. The police may take a “nice guy” stance and say they want to help. Heck, the police may even lie about some facts of the case to get you to talk. Ironically, our Courts have condoned police lying to citizens in order to get confessions. Or perhaps you are the person who feels that you can outsmart the police like Verbal Kent did in Usual Suspects? Don’t kid yourself. When you agree to speak to the police, you must understand that you are NOT on a level playing field. When you are told you have the right to speak with an attorney, excercise that right! The fact that you don’t speak to the police cannot be used against you in Court. However, anything you say WILL be used against you.

Don’t let the police or government force you to talk your way into an indictment. Excercise your right to remain silent and call me. I have been representing Mississippi citizens charged with serious crimes for over 16 years. Come check out our website to learn more about us.

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.

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