How You End Up Giving Away Your Right To Remain Silent
Once you are arrested, the police walk up to you and ask if they can talk to you for a minute. You are being arrested, and they think it is unfair that you are being charged, but their hands are tied, there is this complaint...and if you would like the judge to know what really happened, they will be happy to take your statement so your side gets told to the judge. Yeah right! When this happens to you, understand that the cops are seeking to strengthen their case against you. This is not some type of social engagement. You are under arrest. Even if the cop is someone you know, or promises that this will help to get the charges lowered, remember that they have a sworn duty to uphold the law, and to investigate the crimes you are alleged to have committed. Protect your rights. There will be a time when you may, with proper legal guidance from your lawyer, want to give up your right to remain silent. When you are first arrested is NOT the time to give away this protection.
How You Protect Your Right To Remain Silent
You ask about your Miranda Rights, and they produce a written Miranda form for you to read and sign. There is typically a place for you to initial that you were advised of each right, and a place for you to sign indicating that you got your rights. Print, I WANT A LAWYER in big block letters on the space for your signature, and then sign right below this invocation of your rights. The police may think you are a smart-aleck, (and call you worse) and they are right, you are being smart. You are protecting yourself from being made a witness against yourself until you have spoken with your lawyer.
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