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Your rights can have an effect on your defense against charges

In a post a few weeks ago, we discussed some of the rights that you have when you are dealing with the police. These rights are important because if they aren't followed, there is a chance that we can use that information in your defense. This is one reason why it is vitally important for you to pay close attention to what happens when you are with the police.

One important thing you should likely do when you are in this situation is invoke your right to remain silent. This is very important because if you don't say anything, there aren't any words that can be used against you.

Another important right is your Fourth Amendment right to not be subjected to illegal searches and seizures. This right means that if there wasn't a legal basis for the search that netted evidence against you, that evidence might be inadmissible. We would need to look into this possibility and present it to the court if there is a valid cause for doing so. If the evidence that prosecution was planning on using against you can't be used, you might have weakened their case some.

As you go through the criminal justice system, it is easy to let your emotions lead you. After all, it isn't easy to think about being sentenced to time in prison that includes hard labor. We are here to help you learn about what points you can use in your defense. We will help you evaluate the case against you and learn about what you should address in your defense.

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