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From start to finish, we are here to stand up for your rights

Whether you are charged with an attempted crime, which we discussed last week, or a crime that was completed, you need to understand what your rights are and what options you have. When you are first arrested, you were likely read your Miranda rights. Making sure that you understand those and invoke them is crucial. You don't want to answer questions by detectives or police officers that might lead to self-incrimination.

We know that you might be nervous or even angry when dealing with the police officers. That is one reason why we need to be present when you are dealing with them. Your emotions are probably on overdrive, and we need to help you understand how specific answers and actions might impact your defense options.

When you are arrested for theft or larceny, your defense strategy actually starts before the alleged crime. This is because the events leading up to the criminal act, the criminal act itself and the events that occur after the criminal act all must be examined to determine if there is anything that could be used in your defense.

Constitutional rights violations are one of the issues that we consider as we embark on the investigation of a new criminal defense case. We look at how reading you your rights was handled. We consider how any searches or seizures were handled. We look at how you were questioned and whether you invoked your rights or not. All of this, along with the evidence in the case, comes together to form the foundation of your defense against the charges.

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Ronald E. Smith, P.C.
3900 University Drive, Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-539-5825
Fax: 703-352-3370
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