If the police stop you and start asking you questions, do you have to answer them? What if you start to cooperate and then realize you need a lawyer—can you stop cooperating? Do you have a right to an attorney if the police want to question you? The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affords you the right against self-incrimination, also known as the “right to remain silent.” This right is very broad and applies in all encounters with the police.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Constitutional Rights
- Searches and Seizures
- Questioning and Interrogation
- Trial Rights
- But the Officer Never Read Me My Rights