If arrested for a violent crime, seek counsel immediately

On behalf of Maynard & Sumner, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Over the past several years, American lawmakers and judges have begun to embrace more lenient approaches to accountability for non-violent offenders. However, many have lobbied for stricter punishments than ever before for individuals convicted of violent crime. If you are arrested on charges of violent crime, avoid speaking until an attorney is present and call for an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately.

There is a reason why the reading of Miranda rights is so ubiquitous within popular culture. The “right to remain silent” is one of the most sacred that we Americans have. When such severe consequences are on the line, it is imperative that you say nothing before you have spoken with an attorney. Even if you are completely innocent of all charges against you, you never know how prosecutors may use anything you say against you.

The criminal justice system aims to both hold criminal offenders accountable and to release any innocent persons accused of wrongdoing. Unfortunately, the system does not function perfectly. Innocent individuals are too-often convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Guilty persons are too-often required to serve unreasonable sentences. Convictions tied to a crime of violence could impact your ability to retain custody of your children, to seek employment and to obtain housing for the rest of your life.

Because the system is imperfect, you need someone on your side who can help you navigate it as successfully as possible. After being arrested, call an experienced attorney and say nothing until he or she arrives.

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