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Know Your Rights

If you are taken into custody when you are arrested, law enforcement may want to talk with you about your case. Before questioning you, the police must tell you the following (often referred to as a Miranda advisement):

  • 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 talk to an attorney and to have an attorney present before and during questioning
  • If you can't afford an attorney, one will be appointed free of charge to represent you if you desire

Do not talk to law enforcement about your case. Tell law enforcement that you do not want to talk to them about your case and that you want an attorney. Then, say no more. You are entitled to a phone call.

However, except for attorney calls, your jail phone calls are recorded! Do not discuss the case, or anything related to it, with anyone other than your attorney. Likewise, your jail visits can be audiotaped.