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What are my rights if I am questioned by police?

When the police want to question you, you can exercise your right to request an attorney or your right to remain silent. Doing so will reduce the chances of any questioning leading to criminal charges or negatively impacting your case.

Many individuals believe talking to the police is fine as long as they are careful not to reveal anything incriminating. However, the best thing to do in such situations is avoid speaking to them at all, even if you have done nothing wrong.

Before agreeing to any police questioning, it is a good idea to contact a criminal defense lawyer. In New York, asking for a lawyer requires the police to stop all questioning until the lawyer is present.

In addition, police are required to read Miranda rights to people who are in police custody and being interrogated. Suspects have the right to remain silent and call an attorney. In such circumstances, you can refuse to answer questions that may incriminate you.

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