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Avoiding Self-Incrimination

Self-Incrimination- The act of exposing oneself generally, by making a statement to “an accusation or charge of crime; to involve oneself or another person in a criminal prosecution or the danger thereof.” (Wikipedia)

If you are a suspect of a crime, your rights and freedom need to be protected. You can accidentally harm or incriminate yourself and damage your case, which can jeopardize your freedom and any formal steps taken by law enforcement. Your rights and your future can be negatively impacted by what you say and what you do. Before speaking with law officials, seek a criminal attorney such as Thomas Rowsey.

According to the Fifth Amendment you have a Constitutional right not to testify against yourself.

In addition to legal help from a criminal attorney, there are other ways to avoid self-incrimination.

  1. Do not talk to police. Anything you say can be used later against you in court. Remain calm and respectful and listen to your Miranda warnings.
  2. Do not talk to others about the incident. Statements made to other people may be used during a trial.

If you’re being suspected of a crime, it can be scary. You may be tempted to say something that could ultimately find you guilty of a crime. If you have questions about your rights, contact Thomas C. Rowsey immediately. He will ensure that your constitutional rights are being met and help you invoke your Fifth Amendment rights. Don’t’ risk your innocence without qualified legal advice and assistance from Thomas C. Rowsey. He has represented individuals and their criminal legal cases for more than three decades and can represent you in your time of need.

Posted on behalf of Thomas Rowsey, Attorneys at Law