Being accused of a crime is an unfamiliar experience. Many people are overwhelmed, scared, and may feel helpless or hopeless. The future is uncertain. Some people feel ashamed or embarrassed if accused of a crime that hurt someone. Some people may feel angry if they are falsely accused of a crime of which they are completely innocent.
At LV Criminal Defense, we represent people accused of all types of crimes, including violent crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, spousal abuse, elder abuse, driving under the influence, and white-collar crime.
If you find yourself accused of a crime, or know that you are being closely investigated (such as receiving a target letter from the FBI for a mortgage fraud crime), you must take immediate action. Do not hope something goes away, or assume it will be forgotten about. A skilled and knowledgeable Las Vegas criminal defense attorney can help you protect your legal rights and ensure the best outcome possible for your case.
You Have The Right To Remain Silent, and You Have The Right to An Attorney
Even if it doesn’t feel like it, you are innocent until proven guilty. Even without a criminal conviction, criminal charges can cause people to lose their jobs, housing, and relationships. It is important to not let the stress of an arrest cloud cause you to make critical mistakes during the legal process. Two of the most important rights you must remember during an arrest and afterward:
- You have the right to remain silent
- You have the right to an attorney.
Constitutional Violation is a defense in criminal law cases. The fifth amendment states that a suspect must be informed/told of their rights to remain silent (and not to make self-incriminating statements) prior to any questioning. If you are not notified of your rights, tell your attorney right away.
We understand it may be tempting to talk to the cops. It may feel like the situation is just one big misunderstanding and by giving police some facts, you will be able to quickly eliminate yourself as a suspect, and go on with your day and life. However, remember the second, critical part of the Miranda warning: “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney.” A lawyer will always have the best chance of getting your case dismissed if you do not talk to law enforcement.
It is common to see people talk to the police in movies and on TV shows. However, this is because these exchanges make for good entertainment, NOT because it is a smart legal move.
Talk To a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney
At LV Criminal Defense attorneys, we understand the gravity of criminal charges, whether they are minor or major. We know the penalties and collateral effects are far-reaching and serious. We will do everything we can to get your charges dismissed, evidence dismissed, and to keep you out of jail.
Contact us today to arrange your free Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer consultation.