If you are under investigation for a crime you did or didn’t commit, it is extremely important to understand your rights and how to invoke them. A criminal conviction can complicate your life for years, making it difficult to get jobs, housing, and even loans.
At The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian, we understand how stressful and terrifying being a suspect in a criminal investigation can be. But you are protected by multiple constitutional rights and knowing these rights can be the difference between imprisonment and a clean record. Our highly-skilled Orange County defense team will thoroughly analyze the details of your case to determine how to position you for the most favorable outcome. Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today at 855-918-4253 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
From the moment police begin questioning you about your whereabouts on a certain date, or your actions associated with a criminal investigation, you are a suspect. As such, it is of extreme importance to be careful of what you say and to understand, and employ your constitutional rights.
What Are My Rights Under Investigation?
Whether you are innocent or guilty of the crime you are being questioned about, you have rights. If police are contacting you in association with a criminal investigation, it’s pretty safe to assume you are a suspect. Below are your rights under the U.S. Constitution and how to enforce them.
Right to Leave
As long as you are not being placed under arrest, you should leave. If you are unsure whether or not you are being arrested, simply ask the officer. If he/she says no, you have a right to leave, and you should take advantage of it. As soon as you leave, call an experienced Orange County defense attorney.
Right to Privacy
Under the 4th Amendment, you are protected from unreasonable searches. This applies to your property, as well as to your person. Without a search warrant, police cannot search your vehicle, home, other property, or even you. Unless you invite them to do so. Do not give permission for police to perform any kind of search without a warrant.
Right to Remain Silent
Under the 5th Amendment, you have the right to remain silent when police are questioning you. This is to prevent you from unnecessarily incriminating yourself. Other than your identifying information, such as name and date of birth, you do not have to answer any questions. You should absolutely invoke this right as anything you say and do can be used against you in a court of law. This right also protects you from accusations of lying or obstructing justice. Bottom line—the less you say, the better.
Right to an Attorney
If you are worried that you might be a suspect in a criminal investigation, exercise your right to an attorney and contact one immediately. Even if you know you are innocent, hiring legal counsel is essential. Never assume that innocence will get you off the hook; a criminal investigation can easily pull the innocent down with it.
Law enforcement is trained to use various tactics to get people talking. It is essential to invoke your rights and politely but firmly insist that your attorney be present before you discuss anything with the police.
Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian Today
If you are under investigation for a crime, the skilled legal team at The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian can help. Whether the police simply asked you a few questions, or you were arrested and named as a suspect, you have rights. Our highly knowledgeable attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, and we have been protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes for more than 16 years. If you are a suspect in a criminal investigation, don’t go it alone. Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today at 855-918-4253 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.