“You are now under arrest.”
The uniforms, the badges, the cars, and weapons and other hardware at their disposal are some of the same things that can lead the public to feel safe when it comes to law enforcement. However, these things along with the imposing detention facilities and interrogation rooms and courthouses, can also be a source of great insecurity if you should ever find yourself facing a criminal charge.
“Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.”
Sitting alone across from an investigator, or being handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car, or waiting in a jail cell after you have been arrested can be intimidating. They are many; you seem to be by yourself. They seem to know the rules; you don’t. They have a plan; you feel like you are reacting to it.
“If you sign this confession, it will make things easier on you.”
Intentionally or not, police and prosecutors can play on your sense of insecurity or even helplessness to wear you down to a point where you might make an unwitting mistake that they can use against you.
Perhaps the most important thing you can remember if you ever find yourself facing the force of the legal system lined up against you is that you are not alone. Of all the things that you hear spoken to you if you are in police custody, the key to remember is this:
“You have the right to an attorney.”
A knowledgeable attorney, versed in the particulars of Kentucky and Tennessee criminal law and criminal procedure and undaunted by the trappings of authority, is your key ally to make sure that your legal rights are preserved and that your ability to defend yourself against if you have been charged with a crime. This is what our law firm can do on your behalf: you are not alone, and we cannot be intimidated from your defense.
If you want to learn more about how we can stand between you and the leviathan of police, prosecutors and courts, we encourage you to start by examining our web site.