You Have Rights In The Criminal Justice System
If you are like most people who have been arrested, it doesn’t feel like you have rights. It feels intimidating and downright frightening, which it is by design. But the truth is: You DO have rights. Knowing your rights and how to exercise them is key in getting the best results possible from this difficult situation.
At The Law Office of Colleen M. Glenn, P.A., we are an experienced team of criminal defense lawyers. We understand what you are going through. Serving clients in Bradenton and the surrounding areas of Florida, our attorneys can walk you through the process and make sure that you get the results you need.
A System Working To Put You Behind Bars
The facts vary in each criminal case. The constitutional criminal procedure is terrifically complex. The criminal justice system is designed to convict people, and from the police up through the appellate courts, the system is built to give the benefit of the doubt to the police and prosecutor. Without legal training and experience, you are set up to be taken advantage of by the system.
We have the experience, training and knowledge to help you. Our attorneys understand the long-term consequences of your options and will explain them to you, allowing you to make informed decisions. We will not let you be victimized by a system that is not set up to help you.
It is important to know your rights as they apply within the criminal justice system. There are many, but these are three of the most important:
- The right to be free against unreasonable search and seizure: In the simplest terms, this means that the police are NOT allowed to pull you over without valid reason; they are not allowed to search you or your home or your house without valid reason and a warrant; and they are not allowed to harass you.
- The right to remain silent: One of the most important aspects of strong criminal defense is that you have the right to remain silent. This right is codified in the Miranda rights that police should be explaining to every single person they arrest. Far too many people fail to exercise this right, and this failure can be costly. The other aspect of the Miranda rights is that “anything you say can be used against you.” There is almost no benefit from talking to the police, just a lot of potential harm to your case. Do not try to explain things, don’t argue with the police and certainly don’t say things you will regret. Remain silent.
- The right to an attorney: Another critical right is the right to legal counsel. You remain silent and demand to speak with an attorney. Then call us immediately. We are used to jumping into situations like this and defending our clients against the abuses of the legal system.
Why You Need An Attorney
This is why you need an attorney after any arrest. You have no friends within the criminal justice system. Everyone on the other side is working for your conviction. We can make a difference. We know the system and we can help.
Let us do the talking. You can help yourself by remaining silent and asking for us. As your attorneys, we will ensure your rights are protected and if they have been violated, we will use that in your favor.
If you have been arrested by the police, our lawyers can help you protect and exercise your rights.