Know Your Rights in Texas
Under the United States Constitution, your rights as a citizen are protected. Even non-citizens that are arrested on United States soil will be protected under these rights known as the Miranda Rights. These rights are required to be read to each and every arrested individual and failure to be read your rights can be a strong defense in a criminal case.
Your Miranda Rights may read as follows:
- You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. Even if you begin to answer questions or speak, you can stop at any time and request the presence of an attorney.
- You have the right to an attorney. Before you speak with an officer or law enforcement official, and the attorney may be present during the time of an interrogation.
- If in the event that an attorney cannot be afforded by the accused, an attorney will be appointed to them. This attorney is known as a public defender.
It is generally requested that an individual respond that they are understand their rights and if they wish to speak with an officer sans attorney. In the state of Texas, the questions will be followed by "Do you understand each of these rights?" or an affirmation that you understand what has been read to you. By speaking with an officer you may greatly detriment your trial and evidence and it is highly recommended that you refuse to speak with an arresting authority without consulting an Georgetown criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Clovis Martin first.
Working with a Georgetown Criminal Defense Attorney
At my firm, I understand that this time in your life may be confusing and stressful and when you work with my firm, I will work hard to gather all evidence leading up to your arrest and ensure that your rights were not violated upon during or after your arrest. If it is found that there were any discrepancies in your arrest, we will quickly develop a strong defense for your case. If you have questions regarding your situation and how an attorney can help you, contact a Georgetown criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of Clovis Martin today!