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When accused of committing felonies, what you do next matters

Like most Louisiana residents, when you are accused of something, you want to tell your side of the story. However, when you are accused of committing felonies, are under arrest and potentially face serious charges, telling your story without first consulting a criminal defense attorney would probably be a mistake. In fact, any statements you make could end up being used against you in court no matter how innocent they sounded in your head when you made them. 

For many people, the right to remain silent is the most important constitutional right they have. No matter how friendly or persuasive police officers and investigators may seem, make no mistake -- their sole purpose is to obtain information from you. They are not looking out for your best interests.

Therefore, be careful not to voluntarily give up your right to remain silent and possibly incriminate yourself in the process. Instead, it would be in your best interest to only speak long enough to say that you wish to remain silent and would like to talk to an attorney. Your silence should extend to everyone since you never know who may be listening.

Many Louisiana felonies come with serious penalties that can alter your life forever. Do not become your own worst enemy by making statements to police that could be misconstrued and end up making you appear guilty of the crime or crimes for which you were arrested. Instead, invoke your right to remain silent. You may ask for the criminal defense attorney of your choice, and you cannot be questioned until that person arrives. Even then, your counsel may advise you not to say anything.

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