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Your Rights at a Police Stop

Assistance from Our Modesto DUI Attorney

At routine traffic stops or checkpoints, even accident scenes, we expect law enforcement officials to treat us fairly and justly regardless of race, creed, religion, or any other judgmental factors. Under federal law, you have rights that are protected and granted to you, and it is important that you memorize these rights and exercise them if you are ever stopped.

These rights are called your Miranda rights, which are constitutional rights guaranteed to every American. These rights apply to all those stopped at routine traffic stops, including DUI checkpoints. Miranda rights should be read to you every time you are placed under police custody.

What You Need to Do

It is important that at any stop or questioning you remain calm and do not panic. Stay polite and as calm as possible; causing a ruckus can only lead to more complications. Make sure that you provide true statements and never give false documentation to an officer. If a police officer asks you to subject to a field sobriety test or a breath or blood test, remember, California is an implied consent state. Under implied consent, if you refuse a breath or blood test, your license will be suspended on the spot; so, if you have nothing to hide, abide by the tests, and if you are intoxicated, you should note that you most likely will be arrested anyway.

If you are arrested, make sure that you comply with everything the arresting officer is telling you. Do not resist arrest. Try to remember as many details of the arrest as possible and ensure that you are read your Miranda rights. Your rights consist of the following:

  • You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be held against you. If you wish to exercise this right, make sure you make a point of saying so.
  • You have the right to a search warrant, and without a warrant, you can refuse the search of you or your property.
  • You have the right to a fair trial.
  • You have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you.

Exercising Your Right to an Attorney

If you can, you should make sure that you retain the legal counsel of an attorney as soon as possible. By working with Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated, you can rest assured that your case will be handled in a swift and efficient manner. Contacting our firm is imperative, and it is also important that you enlist the help of our team within the first ten days after your arrest. Our firm will strongly represent you and your family in this time of need.

Contact Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated today to take advantage of our affordable payment options and free case evaluations. Time is of the essence, so call now if you are located in Modesto or other nearby areas.

Fees and Payments

Here at Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated, when it comes to fees and payments, we strive to be flexible with clients who are seeking legal representation. We offer payment arrangements, flat fee contracts, and traditional retainer agreements. We understand legal representation is necessary for all, and yet difficult for most to pay the fees all at once. Although we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to hire us, we do promise to do what we can to make it possible for you to hire one of our attorneys to represent you.