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If You Are Arrested....

You have rights if you are arrested.  This article is adapted from a brochure prepared by the State Bar of Texas to explain what to do if you are arrested.  Though being arrested can be scary, we hope this information may make the process less distressing.

What rights do you have when you are questioned by the police?

1.   You have the right to remain silent.

2.   If you choose to speak, anything you say can be used against you in court.

3.   If you decide to answer any questions, you may stop at any time and the law requires all questioning to cease.

4.   You have a right to consult with your attorney before answering any questions.  You have the right to have your attorney present if you decide to answer any questions, and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you or appointed for you by the court without cost to you before any further questions may be asked.

In other words, when you are a suspect to a crime, it is almost always best to have a lawyer advise you before you answer any questions.  Just tell the officer you want a lawyer.