If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense you should retain legal counsel immediately. The dedicated team of legal professionals at the Marroquin Law firm are experienced in handling criminal cases and will aggressively fight to defend you.
The beginning of a criminal case is a crucial time for a defendant who has been arrested.
The first step in investigating a criminal case is to obtain a copy of a police report, as well as any audio or visual footage during the time of arrest. Reviewing the initial evidence helps us analyze what occurred as well as develop a defense that can weaken or discredit that statement of a law enforcement agency.
Examining relevant materials helps attorneys determine whether in fact there is a case, or if any of your civil rights were violated during the time of your arrest. The 1966 Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona requires law enforcement to inform a suspect of their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights against self-incrimination (ex. “You have the right to remain silent…”). Failure to receive your Miranda rights does not free you from punishment, however, it makes any statement you may have made inadmissible in court, which can drastically help your case.