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Invoke your right to remain silent in an appropriate manner

When you are facing criminal charges, you have to ensure that you know your rights. This can be something that is difficult, but you do have the right to have an attorney with you to help ensure these rights are respected. One right that you should invoke with authority is the right to remain silent.

Your right to remain silent is one that can protect you, as when you are silent, you can't incriminate yourself. If you don't invoke your right to remain silent, you run the risk of saying something that can be used against you if your case winds up in court.

Remember the Miranda rights? Most people are familiar with these because they are mentioned in most police shows and movies. When you invoke your right to remain silent, you must make it clear that is what you are doing. You shouldn't leave any room for the law enforcement officers to think that you aren't truly wishing to remain silent.

In most cases, it is best to verbalize that you aren't going to talk. This doesn't allow them to think that there is something else going on. Once you invoke this right, you don't have to speak. This means you don't have to answer questions or make any statements. This is universal, so it applies to all law enforcement officers who are working on your case.

After you invoke the right to remain silent, contacting an attorney is equally important. This enables you to learn your options regarding your defense strategy and how to handle any future contact with law enforcement that might occur in your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Invoking the Right to Remain Silent," accessed Dec. 02, 2016

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