Criminal Attorney in Vero Beach
Being placed under arrest can be one of the scariest moments of a person's life. The feeling of powerlessness that comes from having your liberty restrained can cause even the strongest willed of us to say and do things that we would never consider in everyday life. Police officers know this all too well. In fact, they use our fear to their advantage.
The best way to even the playing field is to know your rights. The following answers to commonly asked questions will give you practical information that you can use to protect yourself and your best interests.
What should I do if I'm arrested?
Many believe they have the ability to talk their way out of a compromising situation. While under some circumstances this might be correct, there is nothing to be gained from speaking with a police officer once you’ve been placed under arrest. Once in custody, there’s nothing you can do to prevent the inevitable legal process police officers are required to follow. To protect your rights, keep in mind the following information:
Ask to speak with an attorney and remain silent. If asked, give your name, birthday, address and telephone number. Aside from this basic identifying information, you should not make any other statements or answer any questions. Anything you say will be used against you. It is extremely common for people who are placed under arrest to say things that they think are helping them, but in reality are only making a bad situation worse. Once you ask to speak with an attorney, police cannot ask you any further questions. Keep in mind that even when you think you are alone, like in the back of a patrol car or in a room at the jail or police station, you are often recorded. Also, any phone calls that you make from the jail to friends and family members are recorded. What should I do if an officer wants me to answer crime-related questions without placing me under arrest?
In Vero Beach, those suspected of criminal activity are often asked to come to the police station to answer questions. The problem is that detectives receive extensive training on interrogation techniques and can illicit seemingly incriminating responses from people who haven't done anything wrong. If you are asked by a police officer if you’d be willing to answer questions, please remember:
Police officers are allowed to lie. This fact shocks most people. Some of the most common lies told by officers of the law include, "If you’re straight with me, I’ll help you out"; "The judge will go easier on you if you cooperate and tell me what you know"; and "We already have enough evidence to arrest you (witness statements, audio/video recordings, fingerprints, etc.) so you might as well tell us what you did." While some of these might be true in certain situations, the police are still allowed to say them even if they are not true in your particular case. These untruthful statements are designed to get you talking. If you have agreed to speak with an officer, and he or she begins to make these types of statements, it’s best to stop the interview immediately by asking to speak to an attorney. What should I do if the police want me to provide information against other people?
Arresting officers in Vero Beach will sometimes imply that you can save yourself from being arrested, or in the alternative get a reduced sentence, if you provide incriminating information against other people. However, police officers don't have the power to make these deals by themselves. They need the approval of a prosecutor at the state attorney’s office. With this in mind:
Don't make any statements without speaking with an attorney. A criminal defense attorney will advise you of your rights and give you the knowledge you need to make a frightening situation manageable. Through confidential communications, your attorney can help you decide on a course of action that protects your interests. Any negotiating that takes place will then occur directly between your attorney and the prosecutor. Handling the situation in this manner will ensure that you obtain the best possible resolution under the law.
If you, a family member, or friend is arrested in Vero Beach, you should seriously consider hiring a criminal lawyer. The attorneys at Ohle & Ohle, P.A. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet with you to discuss the merits of your case. Their initial consultation is free of charge