Picking up from How to Protect Your Rights after an Arrest (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding what you can do to avoid helping police and prosecutors build a case against you in the event that you are arrested for or charged with a crime. By following these tips, you can ensure that you are doing everything in your power to immediately start building the strongest possible defense case and to, ultimately, give yourself the best chances of avoiding conviction.
Prior to or following an arrest:
- Do NOT allow police to search your property – Prior to or following an arrest, police may ask you to search your property. It’s important for you to know that, if police are requesting to search your property, they do not legally have authorization to do so without your permission (otherwise, they would search wherever they wanted to without asking you). If police make a search request, do not under any circumstances let them do so. Your refusal to submit to a police search can help protect you from potentially being charged with other criminal charges, and it cannot be used against you later in court (i.e., as evidence that you allegedly had something to hide).
- Do immediately request a defense lawyer – Having an experienced defense attorney representing you to police is crucial following an arrest. While your lawyer can stave off tricky police questioning, he can also be your best advocate if you are later required to go to court and face any criminal charges.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.