Being arrested and/or accused of a crime is always frightening. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to seek counsel from a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Rights of Arrested Individuals
When you arrested because of an alleged offense, you have specific rights under the law. These rights include:
- The right to remain silent. – You are not required to provide the police with any information when they arrest you, even if they ask questions.
- The right to an attorney. – You have the right to counsel from a qualified attorney that has either been retained by you or provided by the court.
- The right to answer questions only under the counsel of an attorney. – If you request an attorney, the police cannot question you until an attorney is present.
- The right to be treated humanely. – The police cannot abuse you physically, deny you food or otherwise treat you inhumanely while you are in custody.
- The right to be released if you are not charged. – If you are not charged with a crime within a certain amount of time after being arrested, the police must release you from custody.
If you are ultimately charged with a crime, you also have the right to a speedy trial.
Hiring an Attorney
When you have been accused of a crime, you can choose to represent yourself or accept representation from a public defender. However, given the gravity of the situation, it is best to hire an experienced Criminal Defense attorney who understands the complexities of Massachusetts or Connecticut law and can help you build the strongest possible defense.
Working with the Porreca Law Office
Here at the Porreca Law Office, we have over 20 years of experience representing individuals who have been charged with crimes and/or have had their rights violated while under arrest. We utilize effective strategies to optimize our clients’ chances of acquittal throughout every phase of the process, including discovery, jury selection, presentation of the case, cross-examination and the closing arguments. We also monitor and manage media attention from start to finish.
Charges we handle include:
- Federal Crimes
- Weapons/Firearm Offenses
- Parole & Probation Violations
- Possession/Sale/Manufacture of Drug Violations
- Assault/Battery Offenses
- Larceny Offenses
- Negligent Operation Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Juvenile Crimes/Defense
- Other Misdemeanors and Felonies
If you have been accused of a crime in Massachusetts or Connecticut, or if you believe that your rights were violated during or after an arrest, please contact the Porreca Law Office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.