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Understanding Your Rights During an Arrest


Being arrested can be a highly stressful and overwhelming experience. In such a situation, it is crucial to understand your rights and know how to protect them. The Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo is here to guide you through this process. Our experience in criminal defense law can help ensure that your rights are upheld. Give us a call at (714) 547-4636 or contact us online to learn more.

Being Aware of Your Miranda Rights

One of the most vital rights individuals have during an arrest is the right to remain silent. This right, commonly known as the Miranda rights, ensures that you do not incriminate yourself.

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) revolutionized criminal justice by safeguarding individuals’ rights during police questioning. It ensures they can make informed choices about speaking with authorities, preventing coerced confessions and protecting the innocent.

The arresting officer is required to read you these rights, which include the famous phrase, “You have the right to remain silent.” It is essential to exercise this right and avoid providing any self-incriminating statements until you have consulted with your lawyer.

What to Do If You Are Pulled Over

If you find yourself being pulled over by law enforcement, it is important to remain calm and cooperate while also being mindful of your rights. You have the right to ask why you were pulled over, and it is advisable to stay polite and avoid admitting guilt.

Remember, you are not obligated to consent to a search of your vehicle without a warrant. Try to be respectful and provide any necessary documents that are requested.

Understanding How Probable Cause Works

Law enforcement officers cannot arrest you without probable cause to believe that you have committed a crime. Probable cause is a standard that requires a reasonable belief that a crime has been or is being committed.

If you believe that you have been arrested without probable cause, it is crucial to inform your attorney right away. They can help protect your rights and potentially challenge the validity of the arrest.

The legal system can be complex and overwhelming, especially for those facing arrest. Hiring an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer from our firm can significantly ease your burden and ensure that you receive a fair and just outcome.

Our skilled attorney understands the intricacies of the legal system and can guide you through each step of the process, from arraignment to trial. The Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo handles a wide variety of cases, from driving under the influence (DUI) to domestic violence to many different theft crimes.

Protecting All of Your Rights

Throughout the arrest and legal process, it is important to be proactive in protecting your rights. Apart from knowing and asserting your rights, it is crucial to gather evidence, document any injuries or damages, and maintain open communication with your lawyer.

An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal proceedings and ensure that your rights are safeguarded.

Call an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing arrest in Orange County, it is essential to have a trusted and knowledgeable legal professional at your side. The Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo is dedicated to providing experienced criminal defense representation to individuals in Orange County.

With our experience throughout the county and a commitment to protecting your rights, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Call us today at (714) 547-4636 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and discuss your case.

Remember, understanding your rights during an arrest is crucial. By partnering with the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo, you can ensure that those rights are protected and receive the guidance and legal experience you need to bring your case to a favorable resolution.

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