Right To Question
When you are arrested,
you are taken into custody.
ONCE I AM TOLD MY RIGHTS,
CAN I BE QUESTIONED?
- You can be questioned, without a lawyer present, only if you voluntarily
give up your rights and if you understand what you are giving up. If you agree
to the questioning, then change your mind, questioning must stop as soon as
you say that you want a lawyer. If the questioning continues after you request
a lawyer and you continue to talk, your answers can be used against you if you
testify to something different.
You may be required to give certain
physical evidence. For example, if you are suspected of driving under the influence
of alcohol you may be requested to take a test to measure the amount of alcohol
in your system. If you refuse to take the test, your driver's license will be
suspended and the refusal will be used against you in court.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A LAWYER?
- If you are arrested for a crime, particularly a serious one, you should
contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
He or she has a better sense of what you should and should not say to law enforcement
officers to avoid being misinterpreted or misunderstood. The lawyer also can
advise you or your family or friends on the bail process.
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