When should you invoke your Miranda rights and right to counsel?

When you’re stopped by police, you might not be sure what you should say or do. Should you try to defend what you’ve done? What about admitting what happened in hopes that the police will go lighter on you? The best idea is to invoke your Miranda rights as soon as possible and to reach out to your attorney before you say anything that could incriminate you.

Thanks to the Miranda rights, you have the opportunity to invoke the right to counsel. If you’re stopped by police. While some people claim that the invocation of Miranda rights actually puts a burden on police, it’s there to help protect you. It is important to realize that you could find resistance invoking your rights in some cases, but as long as you do so in a timely manner, your rights should be respected.

For example, if you are taken into custody and placed in a room to be interrogated, you should be given your Miranda rights by police. If they have not done so, you have every right to request your attorney and claim a right to remain silent until you have time to speak to counsel.

You should ask to invoke your Miranda rights as soon as possible when you face arrest. At the very least, you are legally allowed to refuse to speak to police until you get into contact with your attorney, who can advise you on what you should do next. You don’t have to wait for Maryland police to tell you your rights before you’re able to make this request.

On behalf of The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, LLC posted in Felonies September 30, 2016