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Accused of a crime? Do you know your rights?

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2021 | Criminal Defense

If you’ve been arrested or find yourself suspected of committing a crime, you may feel the whole world is against you. The good news is, that is not true. You have rights, even if you’ve been accused or suspected of committing a crime in the state of Florida. Do you know what those rights are? Here are just a few. 

Right to protection from illegal search and seizure 

You may think that when the police show up and request to search your property, whether that be your car, business or home, that you have to let them. That is not necessarily true. You have the right to privacy. If they want to search, they either need to have reasonable suspicion or a warrant in hand to do so.  

Right to remain silent 

Known as your Miranda rights, you have the right to remain silent. You are not required to speak to law enforcement officers. If you do decide to speak, you have the right to have legal counsel present guiding you, so you don’t say something that will hurt your case.  

Right to the presumption of innocence 

Due to the court of public opinion, it feels like no one is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty anymore. Fortunately, it is not the court of public opinion that matters when accused of a crime. In criminal court, you are guaranteed the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.  

Want to learn more about these and your other rights? 

An experienced criminal defense attorney can go over your rights, help you take steps to protect them and help you determine if any of your rights have been violated. If any law enforcement officials in Florida violated your rights, with legal counsel by your side, you can take steps to hold the parties responsible accountable or use the information to help your case. If you want to learn more about the rights guaranteed to you under state and federal law, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.