What Are My Rights if Arrested?

A young man being arrested by a police officer

Know Your Rights

Nobody ever wants to be arrested, but unfortunately, it does happen. Knowing your rights and how the law applies to you is crucial if you are ever in this situation. Knowing your Miranda Rights can help protect you from self-incrimination and ensure you receive fair treatment from law enforcement officers. This blog will review your rights if you are arrested to be better prepared for any potential legal issues.

The Right to Remain Silent

One of the most critical rights you have, if arrested, is the right to remain silent. This means that you do not have to answer questions an officer may ask you nor do you have to sign any documents. Your wisest course of action is to remain silent unless a lawyer is present. When an officer reads your Miranda rights, they inform you of this right.

The Right to an Attorney

You also have the right to request legal representation during your arrest. This means you can ask for a lawyer to be present during any questioning or signing of documents. Additionally, if you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one for you.

The Right to Know What You Are Being Charged With

Another right you have, if arrested, is the right to be informed of your charges. This means that an arresting officer must tell you what crimes or offenses you have committed and why they are arresting you.

The Right to a Speedy Trial

You also have the right to a speedy trial. This means that the court must allow you to appear before a judge or jury as quickly as possible after your arrest to determine whether you are guilty or innocent.

These rights are essential for anyone who is arrested. Knowing and understanding your Miranda Rights can help ensure you receive fair treatment and protect you from self-incrimination. If you are ever in a situation where an officer is arresting you, be sure to invoke these crucial rights and contact an attorney immediately.

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Author: LawtonCates

At LawtonCates, we take fighting for accident victims very seriously. It’s how we’ve always done it for six-plus decades as a reputable South Central Wisconsin law practice. Our lawyers are passionate about helping people get back on their feet because we know their health, livelihood, and future are at stake.