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Facing charges for felonies? Know your Fifth Amendment rights

The U.S. Constitution provides Louisiana residents with certain protections when coming into contact with the criminal justice system. If you have ever watched a crime television show or movie, you probably have heard about the Miranda Rights. One of those rights includes the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution that allows you to remain silent when facing charges for felonies.

Many people would consider the right against self-incrimination (the Fifth Amendment) to be the most important. As the Miranda warnings advise you, any statements that you make while talking to law enforcement may end up working against you, especially if your case ends up in court. Instead, you may specifically tell law enforcement officials that you would like to invoke your right to remain silent.

You also have the right to have an attorney present whenever law enforcement officials question you. This is important because officers and investigators may attempt to use unorthodox methods in order to get you to answer their questions and possibly incriminate yourself. Your attorney can also ascertain whether you answered any such questions prior to being told your rights under Miranda.

When you are alone with law enforcement officials, the only person thinking about your rights may be you. If you face charges for felonies, the penalties could deprive you of your freedom for years. This would also interfere with your personal and professional lives. Even seemingly innocent comments on your part could cause you issues during your case. If possible, the only statements you should give include the express invocation of your right to remain silent and to ask for a Louisiana criminal defense attorney.

Source: FindLaw, ""Miranda" Rights and the Fifth Amendment", Accessed on Sept. 24, 2017

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