General Information about Criminal Law
Nothing is more disconcerting than being
arrested and charged with a crime that could result in an
outcome that may deprive you of life and liberty.
Certainly, all of the television programs
regarding police dramas and courtroom dramas do not adequately,
nor accurately, depict what the system is like and how it
is in real life. Oftentimes, the police in television programs
do things that would not be done in real life. Oftentimes
the television program does not depict some of the actual
things that police officers and law enforcement agencies will
do in order to try to obtain a conviction.
Furthermore, courtroom dramas are nothing
more than that, dramas written by television producers that
are clearly ignorant of any and all evidentiary rules and
laws. This results in the general public having a serious
misconception of what is possible in terms of outcomes in
the courtroom and how cases must be prepared for trial.
Lawyers grapple with all of these misconceptions created by
Hollywood and you will not know exactly what to expect until
you consult with an attorney who is experienced in criminal
Of course, everyone knows that in the
United States you are innocent until proven guilty, but there
is a great deal more to it than that. Despite the fact that
persons have a right to privacy and do not have to give any
statements to police, you would be surprised how many people
voluntarily allow the police to search their vehicles, or
give statements to police instead of remaining quiet and seeking
the advice of an attorney. Instead, persons routinely and
voluntarily fail to enforce their rights to privacy and prosecuting
officers utilize information against the party in order to
obtain a conviction.
If you have questions about what you
should or should not do during an arrest, you should seek
the advice of an attorney so that your questions can be answered
specifically. Certainly, at a minimum, a party should always
be very cordial, professional, and cooperative with a police
officer, even when refusing to answer any questions, or requesting
the representation of an attorney, etc.