We have all heard the phrase “you have the right to remain silent” spoken in countless movies and television shows. Although we have heard it, not everyone knows what it really means or how it actually works. We are going to explain what that right really is and why it is usually a good idea to exercise it if you are faced with an arrest or questioning. Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex arrestees can rely on A-EZ Out Bail Bonds to secure their release. Our friendly team of bail bond agents works 24/7, because we know arrests can happen day or night. Call us when you need to get out of jail fast!
How Can You Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent?
Many people are under the misconception that simply not speaking to an arresting officer at all is okay under the right to remain silent. Unfortunately, that it not how this right works. In order to actually make it valid, you need to verbally and clearly state to the officer that you have the intention of acting on your right to remain silent.
This is not the same as simply stating “I do not want to talk to you”. Instead, try something along the lines of “I would like to respectfully exercise my right to remain silent” or “I wish to not speak with officers at this time under my right to remain silent”. This lets the officer know why you have suddenly stopped talking so they can document that accordingly and let the judge on your case know later. Otherwise, you just seem like you are being difficult, which is never a good thing.
Why Should You Use This Right?
At the end of the day, there is no guarantee that the legal system will work in your favor. Regardless of your innocence and how cautious you are with your words during arrest, things can and will be twisted and used to incriminate you. From the moment you begin talking to police, there is a case being built against you. Unfortunately, many people end up incriminating themselves without even knowing it.
If you are faced with an arrest and are being questioned by police, don’t hesitate to enact your right to remain silent and to speak with an attorney. You have the right to have an attorney present any time the police are questioning you. If you can’t afford a private attorney, you will be assigned a public defender.
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There are some things you might do during an arrest that will just make your situation worse. One of those things is waiving your right to remain silent. Although you might think you are helping yourself by speaking honestly with your arresting officers, there is a very good chance you are just incriminating yourself. Before you agree to have a conversation with the police, speak with an attorney and get legal counsel on your case.
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