Know Your Rights In The Event Of An Arrest

At Nur Law, we are passionate about criminal defense and protecting the rights of our clients. In Washington state, the police and prosecutors face continued public pressure to keep our cities safe through increased arrests and convictions. Often times, this results in harsher sentences, disproportionate charging and other constitutional violations.

In The Event Of An Arrest

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you and protect your rights. It is also important to understand what rights you do have when an arrest occurs:

First, you have the right to remain silent. Do not talk about your case, the facts, or what happened with anyone, especially not with the police. You may feel embarrassed, or you might think if you only explain what happened, then they will understand. Wrong. The police are professionals trained to gather information to build a case. The more you talk, the more information you give the police to build their case. However, it is not enough to simply remain silent. The law requires that you affirmatively assert your right to remain silent. Do this by saying, "I respectfully decline to answer any questions, and I am asserting my right to remain silent." When you say this, the police must stop their interrogation.

Second, you have the right to an attorney, use it! Asking to speak with an attorney does not mean you are guilty or that you have something to hide. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands your rights, and he will make sure the police or any state actors do not overstep their bounds. After you assert your right to remain silent, you must unequivocally request to speak with an attorney. The best way to do this is by saying, "I want to speak with an attorney right now." You may specifically request to speak with an attorney from Nur Law, or with licensed criminal defense attorney Omar Nur.

Third, you have the right to a jury trial. The time to prove your innocence is not in an interrogation room, in the back of a police car or on the street. Our constitution guarantees anyone charged with a crime to a fair jury trial judged by their peers, with the opportunity to present evidence, question witnesses and have the assistance of an attorney. Nur Law has the experience and skill to represent you in a jury trial.

If you have been charged with a crime, do not take a gamble on your life. You owe it to yourself to get the best help available.

Discuss Your Case With A Lawyer

For a free half-hour consultation with an attorney, call 425-998-7040 (Everett office) or 206-422-4222 (Seattle office) or fill out our simple contact form. We offer evening, weekend and jail consultations. Foreign language interpreters available. We will advise you of your rights, explain the process and answer your questions.