One of the most important rights that a suspect or a defendant has is his/her right to be represented by counsel. The 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
Thus, once the police have been told by a person that he/she would like to speak to a lawyer, the police must stop all questioning regarding criminal allegations, and afford that person the right to speak to a lawyer before questioning can continue.
The law is clear that if the police continue to question an individual who has requested the assistance of counsel, any evidence obtained from that person is not admissible at a trial.
If you are a suspect or a defendant in a criminal case it is important to speak to a lawyer before speaking to the police. Even if you think you are completely innocent, a lawyer will assist you in deciding if it is in your best interests to give a statement.
Whenever you are under investigation for a crime your freedom may be at stake. Protect yourself by contacting a lawyer at LaMarche Safranko Law.