Know Your Rights
South Bend Criminal Defense Attorneys
During the 20 years that we have been handling
criminal defense cases, we at Wruble Law Group have observed that many of our clients were not
fully aware of the extent of their constitutional rights at the time of
their arrest. If you are currently under investigation for a criminal
offense, please remember that law enforcement officers are not your friend.
If you decide to speak with them, they will try to pry information out
of you that may be incriminating. Their goal is to get as much of the
story as possible to make a report so that charges can be filed against
you. It is not their job to prove your innocence.
It is important that you are aware that you have the following rights:
You have the right to remain silent — Anything you say can, and most likely will, be used against you in a court
of law. You can exercise this right by simply remaining silent. Politely
stating only your name will not get in you in trouble - just mention that
you wish to speak with an attorney before answering any questions.
You have the right to an attorney — One of the most important things that you could do after an arrest is to
retain the representation of an attorney. You have the right to a lawyer
who can be present during all questioning, hearings, and trials.
You have rights in your home — Generally, a search warrant is needed if law enforcement is to
search a home. The warrant will give both the resident notice and the
limitations as to what can be searched. You can ask officers to show you
the warrant before they search your house. There is the exception of “exigent
circumstances” that can apply to a home search. These are typically
emergency situations, such as: someone’s life is in danger, someone
is a suspect and is fleeing into a home, or some evidence may be destroyed.
You have rights in your car — Law enforcement cannot lawfully search your vehicle unless they
have probable cause to do so, or you consent to a search. Often officers
have a "suspicion" or a "hunch" and will ask to search
your car. You do not have to consent to a search! If you do give law enforcement
permission to search your car, anything that they find can be used as
evidence against you in a criminal matter.
Any violation of these rights should be mentioned to your lawyer right
away because a violation may be grounds for a reduction of charges, dismissal
of the case, or for suppression of evidence. Our firm can take the necessary
measures in order to help defend your rights.
Have your rights been violated? Our South Bend criminal defense lawyers can help!
If you suspect that your rights were violated at the time of your arrest,
it is essential that you seek our firm’s guidance. We can launch
an investigation into the details of your case in order to determine if
your rights were violated. If they were, we are ready to take legal action
on your behalf.
Reliable legal guidance is just a phone call away.
Call our office
to retain our top-notch services during a free initial consultation!