Blog Posts in November, 2014

  • Can I decline to answer questions about an alleged crime?

    The United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to refuse to answer questions that might incriminate him or her in any legal proceeding. This protection falls under the Fifth Amendment, which is part of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has held that “The privilege serves to protect the innocent who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.” (Ohio v. Reiner, 532 ...
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  • Do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney?

    In the unfortunate circumstances that you have been arrested or charged with a crime , it is wise to be represented by competent legal counsel. All criminal defendants have the right to legal counsel. Due to the complexities of the criminal justice system, negotiating a successful plea-bargain on your own behalf with the District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney is very difficult. It is ...
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