Having to interact with the police can be a stressful and intimidating experience, especially if you are being accused. here are some general tips to keep in mind should you have a run in with law enforcement.

Keep in mind that:

  • You can say no. If law enforcement officials request to search your house, your car or your person, you are within your rights to say no.
  • Don't drive without a license. If you operate a vehicle while your driver's license is suspended or revoked, you can be subjected to additional penalties, which can include the complete loss of your driving privileges.
  • Invoke your right to counsel. If you have been arrested by law enforcement or government officials you have the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning. Even if you are not (yet) under arrest, you have the right to have an attorney present.
  • Know what you're facing. Certain criminal offenses carry a Mandatory Minimum Sentence that you will be subjected to if you are convicted of such crimes.
  • Don't violate your parole. If you plead guilty, or are found guilty, of an offense while on probation or parole, you can be subjected to additional penalties.

Qualified counsel can keep you apprised of all the elements relevant to your case, including how to keep your chances at a more favorable sentencing intact.

In addition to these tips, you can also find a vast array of information on Law Info's Criminal Law page.  If you have been accused of a crime, or find yourself in need of an attorney, LawInfo can help you start your search for a qualified Criminal Law Attorney.