Getting arrested can be distressing, not to mention overwhelming. Knowing your legal rights during a police arrest in California can help you protect yourself and ensure that your rights are not violated.
Read on as the California criminal defense attorney at Bruzzo Law explains more.
Your Right to Remain Silent
One of the most important rights that you have during a police arrest is the right to remain silent. This means you have the right to refuse to answer any questions the police may ask you, even if they try to pressure you into talking. You can exercise this right by saying something like, “I will invoke my right to remain silent” or “I would like to speak to an attorney before answering any questions.” It is important to note that if you do choose to speak to the police, be aware that anything that you say can be used against you in court.
Your Right to an Attorney
Another important right that you have during a police arrest is the right to an attorney. You can ask for an attorney at any time during the arrest process, and the police must stop questioning you until you have had a chance to speak with your attorney.
It is essential to exercise your right to an attorney, as your attorney can help you understand what is happening and the charges against you. With this information, your attorney can start building your defense. Your attorney can also help ensure your rights are not violated during the arrest process.
Your Right to Due Process
Finally, you have the right to due process during a police arrest. This means that the police must follow specific procedures and protocols when making an arrest, and they cannot violate your constitutional rights. For example, the police must have probable cause to make an arrest and cannot use excessive force or engage in any other type of police misconduct.
If the police do violate your rights during the arrest process, this can be used as a defense in court. For example, suppose the police conducted an illegal search or used excessive force during your arrest. In that case, your attorney can argue that any evidence that was obtained as a result of the violation should be excluded from the trial.
How the Bruzzo Law Firm Can Help
If you have been arrested in Orange County, California, the attorney at the Bruzzo Law Firm in Newport Beach can help. Our experienced Orange County, CA, criminal defense attorney understands the complexities of California criminal law and can help ensure that your rights are protected during the arrest process.
We can help you understand the charges against you and build a strong defense. We can also help ensure that any evidence obtained in violation of your constitutional rights is excluded from the trial. If necessary, we can negotiate with the prosecution to try to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
Contact the Bruzzo law firm for a confidential and comprehensive case evaluation if you or a loved one has been arrested. Contact us now. You do not want to leave these things to chance.