First Steps to Take when Being Charged

First Steps to Take when Being Charged

Charged with a crime or being investigated in Maryland? Remember these words: “I want to speak to my attorney”

If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Maryland, or are under investigation, you are probably feeling nervous or even scared, your thoughts scattered and not clear. Let’s get to the point about what you need to do, and it’s really quite simple.

Let’s say that you have been detained and the and the cops are questioning you. Maybe they’re being nice, coming across like they’re on your side, or they seem to be showing sympathy for you and your situation. Remember one thing: Simply tell them you would like to speak to your attorney, and nothing more. No matter what tone the authorities have, they aren’t looking to make friends with you, they are looking to gather evidence and build a case against you. Don’t forget what the Miranda Warning says:

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”

If you feel like you need to plead your case to the authorities, remember that remaining silent is your right, and it’s a right you should ALWAYS take advantage of.

The same advice applies if you are suddenly visited by investigators at your home, office or elsewhere. Maybe they are “only” investigating you, but make no mistake about it, they are there for one main reason — to gather evidence against you. The best thing you can do is to be polite and REMAIN SILENT. If they want to question or interrogate you, simply say, “I’d like to speak to my attorney.”

The world of criminal justice is filled with true stories of people being caught off-guard, or simply just freaking out when facing charges and helplessly pleading their case right there in the moment, effectively incriminating themselves and helping the cops or detectives build their case against them. Remaining silent will not have a negative impact on you and your case, so no matter what the circumstances are, exercise your right to remain silent.