The Right To Remain Silent
You may have heard it on TV. You may have heard it in a movie. You may have heard it in any number of places, but it is true: You have the right to remain silent. Make no mistake – this is a vital right and a crucial tool for criminal defense.
At Whiteaker & Wilson, PC d/b/a Law Office of Stuart P. Huffman, our attorneys have defended those accused of criminal activity in Springfield for years. They understand the struggles of dealing with police investigations and possible overreach. Our lawyers are dedicated and caring toward our clients, which is why they are adamant that you know about your extensive rights.
Why Is Silence So Golden?
The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States protects you from self-incrimination. This means that there is no circumstance in which the government can compel you to testify against yourself. Most people think this protection is only on the stand in front of the jury, but your right starts much, much earlier than that.
The moment a police officer asks to speak to you, for any reason at all, you can – and probably should – say as little as possible. The reason for this is that any statement can become evidence against you, even if you did nothing wrong.
Twisting Words And Removing Context
Police and prosecutors are highly skilled at building cases that support their theories, and they are not above twisting a person’s words against them. They will take a statement and remove the context completely in order to make a person look culpable.
Your best tool is to rob them of your words entirely. The less you speak, the less they have to use against you and the better off you are.
Let Our Team Be Your Voice
Someone will have to talk to the authorities, but it’s better if it is a lawyer who understands Missouri law and how to deliver a statement. Our attorneys will speak for you and do everything possible to minimize your risks in the face of a police investigation.