Know Your Rights
Your Rights in the Criminal Process
Have you been arrested, or are you under investigation for criminal activity? It is true that anything you say you or do may be used against you in a court of law. It is important you know your rights so you do not end up incriminating yourself or otherwise putting yourself in a worse position.
At the Law Office of Jerome Paun, we believe that every person facing criminal charges should have his or her rights protected. We provide strong and vigorous defense that challenges the prosecution's case when these rights have been violated.
Some of your rights in the criminal process include:
You have the right to remain silent.
In most cases, nothing you say to the police will stop them from arresting you if they have enough evidence for your arrest. If the police do not have enough evidence to arrest you, however, they will want to talk with you to see if something you might say will give them the evidence they need. You are under no obligation to talk to the police or investigators. Do not let them coerce you into saying something that may be used against you later on.
You have the right to be represented by a lawyer.
If you talk to the police and they decide that you were not fully truthful when you talked to them, they could charge you with the crime of making a false statement. The best way to avoid this problem and protect yourself is to wait to talk to the police until you have consulted with and retained criminal defense counsel to represent you. If you have already talked to the police, it is very important that you consult with and retain criminal defense counsel immediately to minimize any problems that may result.
If you cannot afford a criminal defense attorney, one will be appointed to you. We encourage you to at least explore your options for private counsel, however. Attorney Jerome Paun has more than 25 years of experience and a history of obtaining favorable outcomes for clients charged with a variety of offenses, from OUI and drug crimes to sexual assault and murder . It may be to your advantage to retain his experienced counsel.
You have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
You do not have to consent to a search just because the police ask if they can conduct one. Even if the police have a search warrant, you can and should politely, but firmly, tell them you object to their search.
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