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What Are My Rights If I Am Charged With a Crime Involving a Child?

Posted on in Criminal Defense

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Society considers crimes against children especially heinous. In the United States, a person charged with any type of criminal offense is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, many people automatically assume that an individual accused of a child-related crime must be guilty of that crime. If you or a loved one has been charged with child sexual assault, child abuse, child pornography, or a related offense, understanding your rights is paramount to building a strong defense with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

The Right to Decline Police Questions

Law enforcement may use a variety of tactics to make a criminal defendant submit to questioning. However, it is absolutely vital that you remain silent and refrain from answering police questions until your attorney is present. Being arrested and charged with a crime can be frightening, confusing, and overwhelming. When you are in a heightened emotional state, you are in no position to answer police questions. You may say or do something during the interrogation that worsens your chances of avoiding conviction. The U.S. Constitution protects your right to prevent self-incrimination. This right applies to police questioning as well as during your trial proceedings.

The Right to Be Represented By an Attorney

There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to the rights of criminal defendants. Some people perpetuate the rumor that asking for an attorney after being arrested makes a person appear guilty. In actuality, asking for an attorney simply lets the arresting officers know that you are a citizen who is informed of your rights. An attorney will ensure that your rights are not violated during any legal proceeding and will work with you to build a solid defense against your charges. Your attorney will examine the evidence against you and interview witnesses who can vouch for your innocence. He or she will also look for inconsistencies or holes in the prosecution’s case. Sadly, some people accuse others of crimes against children out of malice or spite, especially during child custody disputes in divorces. Your lawyer may also investigate the credibility of the prosecutor’s witnesses and bring their credibility into question. The Constitution gives you the right to due process of law, equal protection regardless of race or age, and many other rights. Your attorney’s job is to make sure that your rights are fully protected throughout your case.

Contact a Plano, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense involving a child, you need an attorney who you can trust. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys offer personalized legal guidance and representation for clients accused of a wide range of state and federal charges. Attorney Darlina Crowder has secured hundreds of not guilty verdicts and acquittals. To arrange a free consultation with a skilled Collin County criminal defense attorney from our firm, call us today at 214-303-9600.

 

Sources:
https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-5/
https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-6/

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