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What You Should Do if Accused of a Criminal Offense

The topic of criminal defense involves more than just defending those who have been accused of a criminal offense. As a citizen or immigrant of the United States, you may be under investigation for a crime you did not commit. Even if you have been arrested or charged with the crime, there are steps you can take to clear your name. Before the situation increases, you should take the necessary measures to resolve the situation. If you have been arrested or are dealing with a criminal situation of any kind, you will have to determine whether it is better or not to involve a lawyer. At Musa Obregon & Associates, we understand the dilemma you face. The first and most important step you can take is to consult legal personnel who can help you as quickly and effectively as possible. It is important to take the time to speak with a criminal defense attorney to make sure that the situation does not intensify.

Miranda Rights

If you have been accused of a crime, you are entitled to "Miranda rights", which are provided for the purpose of protecting your own rights. These Miranda rights include:

  • The right to remain silent in response to questioning
  • The right to know that anything you say can be used against you
  • The right to stop answering questions at any point
  • The right to have an attorney present during questioning

Under Miranda rights, you have the right to be protected by a lawyer who will stand by and defend you. You have the right to know what charges are being laid against you. If they do not seem valid or you have been falsely accused, do not hesitate to contact a criminal defense lawyer. Another right you possess is the ability to make one phone call. Make this call count by contacting someone you can trust to improve your situation. In some situations, the best choice would be to call an attorney who can help.

The Accusation Process

When you are arrested for a criminal offense, you will be taken to the police station where finger printing will take place and you will have your "mug shot" taken. In addition, you will be required to answer a few simple questions that are not related to your offense, such as your name, address and date of birth. These questions should be answered accurately. Prior to answering any questions regarding the charges against you, it is advised that you enlist the assistance of a lawyer. Many steps should not be taken without the assistance of a lawyer, especially confessions or agreements to have a search of your home. Take the necessary precautions if accused of a crime.

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