Rights When Dealing With Police

Dealing with the police can be intimidating, even if you have not done anything wrong. Understanding your rights is critical to ensuring you are not taken advantage of by law enforcement if you should ever have an unpleasant encounter with them.

Here is what you need to know about your rights when dealing with the police:

First, while knowledge of your rights is important, you should always be polite and courteous when interacting with law enforcement. The last thing you want to do is give them a reason to railroad you. Being polite does not mean you need to relinquish your rights.

1.If you are being questioned: If the police are questioning you, you absolutely have the right to remain silent, which law enforcement must advise you to do. In fact, they are required to inform you of your Miranda rights before they initiate questioning.

2.Search and seizure: The police do not have unlimited power to search you. The Fourth Amendment limits their power, protecting your rights against unreasonable searches. Law enforcement must have probable cause or the circumstances must justify the search in the absence of a warrant.

3.Arrests and detentions: For an arrest warrant to be issued, the police must convince a judge that you committed a crime. Without a warrant, the police must have probable cause. Either way, they cannot simply cuff you without some kind of justification.

Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney in Denver, Colorado

If you were recently arrested, you are likely aware of the potential penalties you will face if convicted of the charges against you. Now is the time to obtain an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. At Gerash Steiner, P.C., we understand the stakes are high and are here to fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf. Getting arrested does not mean you are guilty of committing a crime. A strong defense can protect your future and your freedom.

Contact our office today at (303) 732-5048 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

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