Know Your Rights!

Many of us feel nervous or intimidated when confronted by the police and rightly so! According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Police abuse continues to be a major civil liberties problem in the U.S., particularly in poor communities and communities of color.”

While most law enforcement officers are decent and honest public servants, there remain a few who are corrupt and abusive. In order to protect your civil rights from being trampled and to maximize your chances of winning your case, we have compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have been arrested you need to contact an experienced Sacramento criminal attorney today.

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED:

  1. Do not make any statements. Invoke your right to remain silent
  2. Immediately ask for a lawyer.

IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER:
DO NOT allow the police to search your car. If they are asking you to consent to a search they probably do not have the right to look without your consent. Police

Under what circumstances can the police arrest you? Anytime there is a “probable cause” to believe that you are committing or have committed a crime. The police have a probable cause when there are enough facts to lead a reasonable person to conclude that you are committing or have committed a crime. This is a considerably higher standard than the mere “suspicion” an officer needs in order to stop you briefly to investigate possible criminal activity.

Can a police officer make an arrest without a warrant? Sometimes. The officer doesn’t need a warrant to arrest you if you commit a crime in his or her presence, for instance. A warrant also isn’t necessary if the officer has probable cause to believe that you committed a felony, even though it was not committed in his or her presence. Otherwise, the officer generally needs a warrant to make an arrest.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, contact Sacramento criminal attorney Richard A. Chan Jr. for free consultation about your criminal or DUI defense case now. Call (916) 446-4400 today.