What Should I Do If I Have Been Arrested?

The US Constitution gives those who have been arrested or accused of a crime, a number of rights. If you have been arrested, answer all questions about your identification– such as name, address, and birth date– truthfully. You have the right to refrain from answering self-incriminating questions, and you have the right to consult an attorney. criminal lawyer ft-PierceYou also have the right to reasonable bail, right to a fair and public trial, right to be informed of the charges against you, the right to be confronted with the witnesses against you and to gather witnesses of your own. A criminal defendant is also presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means the prosecutor has the burden of proving (beyond a reasonable doubt) you committed the criminal act(s) in question. This also means a defendant does not have to do anything or say anything to prove innocence.

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