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“I wish I hadda known that”

I can’t count the number of times a client has sat across from me and said those words.  Often the criminal case that brings a client into my office is their first experience with police and the criminal justice system.

In most cases, it’s clear to me that the correct answer (or no answer at all!) to an officer’s question could have prevented the client being charged with a crime.  I think everyone is familiar with the phrase “Everything you say can be used against you.”  It’s true.  Whether it is used to prove your guilt, or to establish probable cause for your arrest – chances are your statements will be used against you.

It’s important that you know your rights before these situations arise.  The ACLU has created a card that you can print, review, and carry with you in the event that you are stopped by the police.  It is linked below:

ACLU Know Your Rights Card


One Response

  1. I appreciate this information…thanks!

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