If you are arrested or are taken into custody for questioning, the very first thing you should do is ask for a lawyer. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives you this right. Use it and protect yourself.
The steps you take after an arrest will directly impact whether you face criminal charges and even whether you are convicted of a crime. As an Andover criminal defense attorney with more than 3 ½ decades of legal experience under his belt, Mark McNally can offer helpful insight regarding arrests in Massachusetts. It is important to remember that every case is different, and as such the correct approach for your particular situation may vary.
Contact our offices at (978) 401-4021 for a free consultation regarding your case.
Protect Your Rights & Involve an Andover Criminal Lawyer
When a person is arrested for a crime, the arresting officer must read a Miranda warning. This is a basic outline of the individual's rights as he or she is taken into custody. Listening to and exercising these rights is one of the most important things you can do after an arrest.
Miranda rights include the following key points:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to an attorney.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
- Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?
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Please remember, if you are arrested or are wanted for questioning, the police are not on your side. They may say anything in an attempt to get a confession. They may ask leading questions, may confuse you, or may otherwise manipulate you to try to get information that can supply the prosecuting attorney with sufficient evidence to press charges. Ask for an attorney, but otherwise remain silent. Do not give them anything to go on. This may be the best possible thing you can do for yourself.
Get more information about arrests and your rights by calling Andover criminal lawyer Mark McNally at (978) 401-4021.