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You Have a Right to Remain Silent...Use it

You have seen and heard it on television, "You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a Court of Law." Those words are not fiction. If you are not in custody, the police officer or investigating officer may not read you your "Miranda Rights", but it doesn't mean you have to give a statement or that you can't have an attorney if you wish to make a statement. If you going to be questioned and you are not in custody, indicate that you wish to consult with an attorney before making a statement. If you are in custody and the police wish to question you, they must read you your Miranda Rights, and they MUST stop questioning you if you UNEQUIVOCALLY ask for an attorney or indicate that you DO NOT wish to speak to them. This doesn't mean you are being uncooperative, it means that you are exercising your Constitutional Rights.

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Retain the Counsel that is Right for You

Sometimes the best advice can come from people we know. Sometimes it is from those "in the know". Your friends or family members may know an attorney, or may have used one themselves, and would be happy to give you the name of someone who helped them. Also, people who are involved in the judicial system see attorneys at work everyday, and know the capabilities and reputations of attorneys. If you know someone involved in the Court or judicial system, ask for a referral to a good attorney. By meeting with more than one attorney, you should be able to distinguish between the attorney that may be trying to sell you a pipe dream and make promises that he or she can't keep just to get your retainer, from those that will give you sound, straight advice and counseling on your case. This will also allow you to determine who you are comfortable with and you will trust during your trying times. Choose someone you can talk to, who takes the time to explain