The “right to remain silent” and the awareness that “anything you say can and will be used against you” are not just lines from cop shows — they represent a set of important constitutional protections against self-incrimination during and after an arrest. These protections are collectively known as Miranda rights, and they are lauded as being fundamentally American, but in practice, they are not always honored by law enforcement personnel.
According to the U.S. Constitution, residents of the United States have the right to “plead the Fifth” — referring to the Fifth Article of the Bill of Rights — to not talk to officers and to request an attorney. The exercise of this right cannot be used against you in your trial. At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC in Newport News , VA, we pride ourselves in be vigilant in our protection of our client’s rights. In particular, we look for the following common issues:
- Failure to have Miranda rights read during an arrest
- False confessions brought about by persistent efforts by law enforcement to get a confession
- Denying a client their right to legal counsel
- Using illegally obtained evidence
Protecting Your Constitutional Rights
If you believe your Miranda rights were violated, you may benefit from the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Weisberg & Weisberg, P.L.L.C.. We have offices in Newport News , Virginia and our criminal defense practice is founded on the protection of our clients’ rights.
In any criminal matter, your rights and freedom should be protected strongly with appropriate legal counsel. You should protect yourself by not talking to the police about your case until you talk to your lawyer..