When a person is arrested on suspicion of committing a felony offense, they will often face interrogation by the police. This is a scary time for many, as they may not know what their legal rights are during this process. In fact, many assume they have no rights. However, this is far from the truth. If you are unfamiliar with the rights you are afforded when interrogated by police, you’ll want to keep reading, as the following blog can help you protect yourself. If arrested, it’s imperative to contact an Oklahoma City felony defense lawyer as soon as possible to help you navigate this process while protecting your rights.
Do I Have Rights When Being Interrogated By Police?
If you are interrogated by police, there are two essential rights you have and should know about. You will hear these rights when being “Mirandized” or read your Miranda rights.
The first is your right to legal representation. When you are in police custody or questioned by police, you are allowed to ask for an attorney. The minute you are placed under arrest, you should immediately request an attorney.
Aside from asking for an attorney, the only thing you should say to the officers is that you invoke your right to remain silent. It is your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself. As such, you do not have to answer questions or provide the officers with any information.
If you are not read your Miranda rights when placed into police custody and confess, your attorney may be able to prove that this was an illegal confession. As such, it will not be admitted into evidence, and the prosecutor cannot hold it against you.
Are There Any Rights I Am Not Afforded?
Though you do have the right to an attorney and to remain silent, there is one right you do not have. When interacting with the police, specifically when they are interrogating you, you do not have the right to the truth. Essentially, this means that legally, the police are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to confess. Most commonly, the police lie and say they have evidence, such as a fingerprint or DNA.
It is essential to note that while the police can lie to and deceive you, you cannot lie to the police. In most instances, this is often charged as a crime. That’s why it’s in your best interest to remain silent until you have spoken with your attorney.
If you are arrested or questioned in relation to a felony charge, it is imperative to contact the Jones Firm, PLLC, as soon as possible. These charges can have a significant impact on the rest of your life, so ensuring you have competent legal representation is essential. Call our firm today to learn how we can help you.