We’ve all heard the line in TV shows and movies that begins “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you.” If we’ve actually heard these words being read to us in the course of being arrested, it’s often best to pay careful attention to these words and to exercise our constitutional to remain silent, at least before speaking with a criminal defense attorney.
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The police want to talk to you, especially in the case of serious crimes in which others may be involved. They may try to be your friend, or imply that it will be in your best interest to “cooperate” with them.
The fact is, however, they have just arrested you, and their purpose for arresting you is to have you convicted. They will be working with the prosecutor’s office, which is responsible for seeking conviction. They are not your friend, nor are they trying to help you – they are trying to help themselves.
While there may be valid reasons for talking to and cooperating with the police, the fact is that such conversations do not need to take place immediately following an arrest. Most of the time, it will be in a person’s best interest to consult with an attorney, and to have the attorney present when any conversations are taking place with the police and/or with the prosecutor’s office.
This is particularly true if there is any possibility of a plea deal taking place. A criminal defense attorney can help in seeking the best possible outcome given your circumstances, and will work to fully protect your rights and interests.
Your Right to Remain Silent Extends to Conversations with Others
Exercising your right to remain silent does not apply only with respect to speaking with the police or prosecutors. Except discussing your case with your attorney, the best course of action is to not discuss your case with anyone else, as there is a possibility that this could result in negative consequences for you, and there is nothing beneficial to be gained by discussing your case with others.
Call Us if You Have Been Arrested
I can help ensure that your rights are protected, and represent you against those seeking to convict. To ensure that your rights are best protected, please call me as soon as possible so that I can begin working on your behalf.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.