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Know Your Rights if Arrested and When to Get a Denver Criminal Defense Attorney


September 7, 2016

In the event you are detained by the police department or arrested, you must know that you have rights. You also have the right to a Denver criminal defense attorney. Many do not know their basic rights and what they need to do if questioned by police. Review your basic rights and how to handle certain situations.
  1. Talking to Police: If a police officer stops you, either in your vehicle or on the street, you do not have to answer their questions. According to law, refusing to answer questions will not lead to further issues. The police also cannot charge you for remaining silent. However, there are two instances when you will need to interact with them. If you are pulled over, you must show the police officer your license, registration and proof of insurance. If a police officer stops you on the street and asks for your identification, you must show it to them. Colorado is one of 24 states with a “Stop and Identify” law. This means you must show them your identification if asked. From there, you do not have to answer any questions without the assistance of your attorney.
  2. Post-Arrest: You may be arrested if the police have a warrant, saw you commit a crime or find probable cause that you were involved in a crime. In the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights,” upon being arrested, they explain you have the right to food, shelter and medical treatment. During your arrest, the police officer will inform you of your Miranda Rights. This means, they will inform you that you do not have to share any information and will not be punished for remaining silent. In “What Are Your Miranda Rights,” from the Miranda Warning website, you can learn even more specifics of this right. Even if the police offer does not tell you this rights during an arrest, you still are entitled to them. The ACLU also adds for you to tell any officer that speaks to you along the way that you are going to remain silent.
  3. Meeting with a Lawyer: After your arrest, you are allowed to speak with legal counsel. Upon arriving to the police station, you will be allowed to call family and/or your lawyer. You are also given the right to meet with your lawyer fairly quickly after arriving to be held. You are also entitled to a private conversation with your lawyer. If a police officer does not allow you to meet with family or a lawyer in a reasonable amount of time, the ACLU explains that officer may have to pay a statutory penalty that can fall between $100 and $1000.
In the event you are arrested and need legal counsel, call the law office of John L. Buckley. Whether it is a minor offense or a larger misdemeanor or felony, you can talk to John before speaking with the police. As a DUI and criminal defense attorney, John’s office represents clients charged with DUI, DWAI, drunk driving, assault, domestic violence, drug possession, theft and other property crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Learn what not to say when the police pull you over and keep the office number in your phone in case you need help. Call at 303-501-1800.