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How to Respond to Questions From Law Enforcement

Law enforcement recently arrested a Florida man in Massachusetts who is accused of attempting to lure girls into his car. Law enforcement later determined that the man was also wanted by United States Marshals for firearm violations.Currently, no charges are pending against the man.  

When arrests occur in Massachusetts, a large number of them occur because people are not certain how to handle questions from law enforcement. It can be difficult to determine the right way to respond to questions asked by law enforcement. The following reviews some important points to remember about law enforcement interrogation.

Are You Required to Answer Questions Asked by Law Enforcement Officers?

The Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution protects people from self-incrimination, which means that individuals have the right to refuse to answer questions asked by law enforcement. In most situations, a person cannot be arrested for refusing to answer these questions.

Remember Your Rights During Law Enforcement Questioning

If you are questioned by law enforcement, you have the right to remain silent. This means that you do not have to answer any questions unless you are under arrest. If you decide to speak to law enforcement, any statements that you provide can later be used against you. If you do decide to answer these questions, you have the right to have an attorney present. If you are not under arrest, however, it is often in your best interest to answer law enforcement’s questions.

There are Some Times When You Must Provide Information

Despite the general rule that you are not required to answer law enforcement questions, there are situations in which you might be required to provide law enforcement with certain information. Other times, it might be better to answer routine questions rather than refuse to do so. 

Remember Your Miranda Rights

When law enforcement makes an arrest, the person being arrested must be given Miranda warnings. This warning advises a person about what their rights are under the US Constitution. Even if you have not been placed under arrest, you are not required to answer any questions asked by law enforcement. If law enforcement stops you and asks for identification, however, it is often in your best interest to simply cooperate and provide the necessary information. Miranda warnings are only required if you are in custody and are not being interrogated. Custody does not mean that you are under arrest, but you are not exactly free to leave.

A Skilled Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Fight for You

It can be overwhelming to be questioned by the police. One of the best steps that you can take when confronted with police questioning or criminal charges is to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Do not hesitate to speak with attorney Edward R Molari today to obtain assistance.