Don’t Talk to the Police if You’re Arrested

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Anyone who’s ever watched a cop show on TV has heard the Miranda warning read to whoever was just arrested. This warning details two of the most important rights an American possesses: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney when facing criminal charges. If you’re ever arrested, pay attention. It’s important.

Don’t Talk to the Police

Getting arrested is not like getting a traffic ticket—you can’t talk your way out of it. There are only two real reasons for being arrested: the officer has a warrant for your arrest, so the matter is now beyond his control, or the officer believes you have committed a crime and won’t be inclined to listen to you. As soon as the handcuffs click closed, the arrest is a done deal.

Talking to the police can’t help your situation regardless of what they may tell you. If you were arrested with someone else, they will separate you and will often say the other person is blaming it all on you. This may or may not be true, but it’s usually best to assume that it’s a lie.

You’re obligated to give the police your name and address but do not have to say anything else. The Miranda warning says anything you say will be used against you—and it will be. Not speaking won’t hurt your case. Saying too much can result in a guilty verdict. Don’t do the state’s job for them by talking yourself into prison. Many people have.

Ask for a Lawyer

Everyone who’s arrested is presumed innocent until they have been proven guilty. Asking for an attorney is your absolute right. Refusing to speak until your attorney arrives does not make you look guilty. It shows you understand your constitutional rights.

Ask for a lawyer as soon as you’re arrested. If other people are nearby, say it loudly enough to be heard. You won’t be able to call a lawyer until after the booking process is complete, but call at the first opportunity. Then wait for your lawyer.

John Scott Webb has been defending the legal rights of people in Maine for more than 20 years. When you’re in trouble and need an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Webb and his team of skilled legal professionals will fight aggressively to protect your rights. To contact him, visit www.webblawmaine.com.… Read the rest

Three Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

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Divorce is often a stressful event for both parties involved, even if the decision to end the marriage is mutual. When one party is instigating the divorce proceedings it can very easily become a long and drawn-out process that negatively impacts all family members. Whether both parties are on board with resolving custody issues and division of marital property out-of-court or not, it’s important to get a divorce lawyer in Singapore as early on as possible in the proceedings. Below are just a few compelling reasons to do so.

Familiarity With the Law

The average couple going through a divorce is not familiar with all of the applicable laws and legal standards. The process often involves substantial paperwork that must be filed correctly and in a timely manner. If the divorce is contested it will also involve time spent arguing cases in front of a judge. Most people do not find success attempting to tackle all of this without professional help.

Get an Objective Perspective

Going through a divorce is an emotionally charged time. It can be hard to make rational decisions and come to reasonable compromises when emotions are running so high. A divorce lawyer can give objective and rational legal advice to his or her client throughout the process to ensure that the client is acting in his or her own best interest, and the best interest of any children involved. It can be hard to see the big picture during such stressful times, but often a conclusion can be reached that both parties find satisfactory. It’s important for the client to understand their options and know what they are and are not willing to sacrifice to get what they want.

Courtroom Assistance

When the couple getting a divorce is unable to come to an amicable conclusion regarding child custody or division of marital assets, the case will almost certainly end up going to court. Having adequate legal representation is a necessity at that point, and having a lawyer who has been directly involved throughout the divorce proceedings will increase the client’s chances of gaining custody, keeping the family home, or receiving spousal support.… Read the rest