IL defense lawyerA police officer is required to read your Miranda Rights if they intend to question you following your arrest.

You have the option to remain silent and to instead call your attorney. In fact, you should only provide answers if your attorney is in the room and advises you to do so.

Our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer would like to discuss your Fifth Amendment rights and why you should invoke your right to remain silent following an arrest.

Invoking the Fifth Amendment

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that the government cannot force a person to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case. 

Simply stated, no individual is required to testify regarding a crime that he or she may be connected to in some manner. Although the Fifth Amendment initially only applied to federal criminal trials, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it also applies to state criminal trials.