If you were arrested for a crime, you have certain constitutional rights that are afforded to you. It’s important to be aware of these rights, because you may not necessarily be informed of them as soon as you’re detained. During an arrest, you have:
The Right to Remain Silent
This is the most well known Miranda right. If you’re arrested, you are not required to say anything to police officers — and you shouldn’t. While you do have the option to speak to the police if you like, it’s usually not in your best interest to do so. When read by police, this right is followed by the phrase, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” This means that your words will most likely be twisted or manipulated to align with the prosecution’s narrative.
The Right to Meet with an Attorney
It is your right to ask for an attorney and consult with them prior to answering any questions. If you don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, a Florida court will appoint one for you. It’s always in your best interest to request a meeting with an attorney as soon as you’re detained. Let the police know you are waiting for your lawyer before offering any information, and be sure to follow their exact instructions on what to say or not to say.
The Right to Bail
In some situations, you may have the right to bail. If law enforcement officers are holding you without bail, your attorney may file a writ of habeas corpus, which is a motion to bring you before the court to determine if you are being unlawfully held. Not all individuals are eligible for bail, so it’s important to confirm with your attorney. Your lawyer may also be able to help negotiate a lower bail if involved very early in your case.
Arrested for a Crime in Okaloosa? Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Florida, don’t wait to get legal help. Your future is on the line and no matter how minor the crime may be seen, you’re at risk of having a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life. Contact Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney T. Martin Knopes today for more information about your rights if arrested or to schedule a consultation to go over your case. Call now at (850) 683-0700.