Do you really need a lawyer if you’re innocent? Absolutely! There’s a pervasive notion that only guilty people need lawyers, but the reality is that even innocent people can be wrongfully convicted if they don’t have legal representation.
Know Your Constitutional Rights
When dealing with law enforcement, it’s important to know your constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause. This means you have the right to say no to a search of your car or home, even if a law enforcement officer asks to search it.
Don’t Let Them Trample on Your Rights
It’s important to be respectful and cooperative with law enforcement officers, but it doesn’t mean you should allow them to trample on your constitutional rights. Law enforcement officers are allowed to lie to you, and they may use tactics to get you to reveal information that could be incriminating.
Don’t Say More Than You Have To
Under the Sixth Amendment, you have the right to an attorney if you’re detained. You should not give a statement, answer questions or make spontaneous comments without legal representation. The police are trained to get information from you, and even if you’re innocent, something you say could be misconstrued or used against you.
What to Do When Dealing with Law Enforcement
When dealing with law enforcement, be polite but firm. Refuse to consent to a search, and ask if you’re free to leave. If you’re detained, politely request an attorney and don’t say anything else until you have legal representation.
In a Serious Situation? Call Lion Legal!
Being accused of a crime is a serious matter, and it’s essential to have legal representation, even if you believe you’re innocent. It’s important to know your constitutional rights, be respectful to law enforcement officers, but not let them trample on your rights. Remember, you have the right to an attorney, and you should exercise that right if you’re detained.
If you need legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Lion Legal for a complementary phone interview.