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The Right to Remain Silent

The experience of being arrested interrogated by the police can be intensely overwhelming. This is especially true if you were not involved in the crime for which you are to be questioned. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, among its other provisions, establishes that "No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself..." This text provides the legal basis of one's Miranda rights, notably the right to remain silent when authorities are conducting an interrogation. Though you may have done no wrong, failure to utilize your right to remain silent can create serious problems.

You are entitled to have legal representation with you when you are questioned by police, and if the officers who are directing the interrogation coerce information from you by misrepresenting your rights, then any evidence gathered is likely inadmissible in court. If you have been placed under arrest, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to ensure that you are properly represented and your rights are respected.

The Importance of Silence

Though you may have done nothing wrong and may feel strongly motivated to declare your innocence or to explain why you could not possibly have done what they are suggesting, it is in your best interest to remain silent. Even if you are the most articulate person in the world, it may be possible for your statements to be misconstrued, and you may pay a dear price. An attorney is a valuable ally because he or she:

  • Has a thorough understanding of your rights and obligations
  • Can advise you as to which questions you should and should not answer
  • May intervene if interrogators attempt to abuse or badger you

Contact Us

We are committed to helping the accused protect their rights and obtain a fair trial. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 for the dedicated legal representation you deserve.


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