You Have the Right to an Attorney
Video Transcript: What is your right to remain silent? My name is Jason Sorensen. I’m an Oklahoma lawyer at Wirth Law Office, and today we’re going to be talking about a defendant’s right to remain silent.
So the Constitution gives you certain rights, and one of those rights is the right to remain silent. And what that means is, it’s not that if you go to a court proceeding you can just not say anything at all. Rather, it means that when the police come and question you about something, that’s when you have the right to remain silent, and that’s when you can just choose not to say anything until you have an attorney present; and if you ask for an attorney, then the police should stop their line of questioning until you get your attorney there.
And a lot of times if the police continue to question you, anything that they get from you after that point, after you’ve requested to have your attorney, then anything that they get after that is inadmissible in court, so they can’t use it in court if they do get anything after that point. So it’s a right that you have, and it’s a right that you can use as long as you choose to use it.
However, you can waive that right if you choose to answer the police’s question; but in a lot of cases, it’s in your best interest to get an attorney on your side as quickly as possible, so that they can represent your best interests. But this is just general information.
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