Contacted by Law Enforcement?
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If you have been contacted by law enforcement, now is the time to contact Law Office of Richard Dudek by calling (916) 444-7595.
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It is not uncommon for someone to have no knowledge that they are being investigated until a federal agent or a detective attempts to make contact and obtain a statement. Most often the contact will be attempted in person but it is also not uncommon for law enforcement to initiate phone contact. If contact was attempted and the person was not home, a detective or agent may leave behind a business card with a number to call. Sometimes in rare situations law enforcement will attempt to make contact with the friends or family of the person they want to speak with. If you suspect that you are the subject of an investigation do not wait to call a criminal defense attorney.
Richard Dudek is Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a former Prosecutor & District Attorney with years of experience helping people accused of crime, criminal defense attorney in Sacramento Richard Dudek is ready to protect all your rights. Having the experience of former prosecutors is vital in detecting the factors that district attorneys are looking for to file charges. Lastly, legal teaching experience helps the legal team analyze your case from every angle and bring forth the best defense strategy.
Having counsel on board at an early stage allows your criminal defense attorney to gather favorable facts, hire appropriate experts and start defending you. We will make contact with the law enforcement agency on your behalf, contact the prosecuting attorney and begin the process of protecting you.
The only way to make sure statements to police are not taken out of context or misconstrued is to NOT make a statement. Innocent statements or innocent recollections can be misconstrued and can lead to charges and even convictions.
What should you do if you are ever arrested?
The first thing is to stay calm and obey all of the police officer’s instructions – even if you feel that you have done nothing wrong and that the arrest is unlawful. You don’t need to have actually committed a crime to be arrested; the officer needs to have only probable cause to arrest you. And the penalty for resisting arrest can be much more serious than that for the charge on which you were arrested originally.
A more practical reason for cooperating with the police officer’s instructions is that by resisting arrest, you run the risk of being seriously hurt or killed by the police officer. The place to challenge the police officer’s authority to arrest you is in a court of law, not on a street corner or in a dark alley.
After you have been arrested, volunteer nothing. The only information you should give is your personal information: name, address, telephone number, and the like. You have the right to remain silent, so use it. If the police read you your Miranda rights and then start questioning you, insist on having a criminal defense attorney present before answering any questions. Your right to have a criminal lawyer present during questioning is your best protection when you are arrested, so take advantage of it. If you can’t afford one, tell the police, and request that one be appointed for you immediately. Until you’ve talked to a lawyer, refuse all attempts by the police to ask “just a few routine questions.”
Don’t be persuaded into making a confession in return for the police officer’s promise to do everything he or she can for you. Only the district attorney’s office can make deals. Also, don’t talk to your cellmates of anyone else about the specifics of the incident. Nothing in the law prohibits the district attorney from calling your cellmates to the witness stand to testify that you admitted committing the crime, especially if your cellmate is promised a lighter sentence if he or she cooperates with the district attorney’s office.
Law Offices of Richard Dudek provides exceptional criminal defense service in Sacramento. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional criminal defense services to any Californian who needs it. We appreciate your desire to understand what is happening in your case, and we work exhaustively on your behalf. Our criminal defense counsel is available nearly 24/7 to answer your questions. Contact us online or by telephone at (916) 444-7595.
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The Law Office of Richard Dudek deals exclusively with criminal law. We understand how a criminal record can drastically change your life for the worse. With our team of highly skilled professionals, you can trust your case to be in exceptionally good legal hands. Give us a call at (916) 444-7595 to speak with a defense attorney in Sacramento about your case.