Arrests FAQs: Your Rights

Being arrested for any criminal offense can be an extremely intimidating experience, and most people do not know their rights. The attorneys at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., provide strategic defense representation to clients throughout Maryland. We are committed to protecting the rights of people who are facing charges for any type of crime.

We believe that the most important thing for you to know if you have been arrested is your rights. Our arrests FAQs page is designed to provide basic information about your rights and what you should, or should not, do if you are arrested. The questions and answers below represent some of the most common situations encountered by people being investigated for a crime.

Q: Should I answer the police officer's questions?

A: Under the law, you have the right to remain silent. Especially in situations where the police are asking you questions that would incriminate you if you were to answer them honestly, it would probably be best if you did not answer the police officer's questions without an attorney present.

Q: If I don't answer the police officer's questions, can it be held against me?

A: No. Since you are invoking one of your constitutional rights under the law, it cannot be held against you. It important to note, however, that it is possible for anything you do say to be used as evidence against you later.

Q: What happens if I ask for a lawyer?

A: The questioning must stop immediately. From that point forward, the police will not be able to question you without your lawyer being present.

Q: Can I be arrested without a warrant?

A: Yes. There are a number of circumstances where you can be arrested without a warrant. If you are stopped for drunk driving and found to be legally intoxicated, for example, you can be arrested without a warrant. You can also be arrested if the police have probable cause to believe that you have committed a crime.

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