3 things you should know if indicted for a crime…
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney.
If you cannot afford one, an attorney will be provided to you.
Every criminal has the right to an attorney. This right is very important, because it means that all criminals have the right to be represented by someone who is diligent in representing them, even if they can’t afford it. This right is provided to all citizens by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution.
Legal representation can be the key to winning any case, but it is even more critical in a criminal case when someone has been accused of a crime. We have a complex legal system and lawyers in Utah are trained to navigate the system on the behalf of victims and criminals alike.
1. Invoking Your Right to an Attorney. In a police investigation, it is often much easier for suspects to waive their rights. It makes it easier for police to talk freely with individuals, where they might be more inclined to receive information. Suspects often feel that they are less likely to look guilty if they proceed without an attorney present.
They would be wrong.
Utah attorneys would often advise again answering any questions pertaining to a criminal investigation without legal representation present. This attorney, whether you are paying for one or working with one that is appointed to you, should have experience in dealing with the legal system and police offices. Lawyers in Utah are educated on what information can later become evidence against you and will protect you from saying or doing something that might be misconstrued. Utah attorneys should know every step of what will happen during your arrest and interrogation and are there to make sure your rights are being respected. Every American citizen has the rights laid out by the constitution, but in the event of a criminal investigation, many people forget that.
If you initially waive your right to an attorney, you can rescind at any time; and you should.
2. What if I Cannot Afford an Attorney? Attorneys are provided to anyone involved in a criminal investigation. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you. Keep in mind that this Utah attorney may not have the same amount of free time available to dedicate to you as one in private practice might, but you will get one who is legally obligated to represent the best he or she can.
3. What Your Attorney Will Do For You. In a criminal case, your attorney is your advocate. You attorney will begin working on your behalf but speaking to the prosecutor and detectives working on the case. He will answer all of your questions and be by your side throughout question and answering portions of the investigation. During this time, criminal lawyers in Utah will work ensure that your civil rights are not violated, and that you do not say anything to incriminate yourself. If you are charged and your case goes to trial, your attorney will work to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. He will investigate your case and present the best possible defense. He will ensure that your rights are not infringed during questioning at trial, and that all exculpatory evidence is presented. Your attorney is your greatest asset in a criminal trial.
Every person, even criminals have the right to an attorney. If you would like to speak with an attorney about a situation you are involved in, contact the Utah lawyers at Shumway Van & Hansen (801-216-8885).