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Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense

Information from a Livingston County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, then you need to retain skilled representation on your side that can help you fight the charges against you. If you have been charged with a crime, then you may have many various questions regarding the situation that you face. Refer to the following information to obtain general answers to your questions, and feel free to speak with a Livingston County attorney from Van Allen & Hoffmann, LLP to obtain more specific answers to your questions.

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  • Should I answer questions?

    No. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, then any information that prosecutors obtain will be used to warrant a conviction in your case. You should remain silent until you are able to consult with your attorney regarding the questions that are posed to you.

  • Can the police lie to me?

    Yes. It is a sad truth, but police and prosecutors can tell you whatever they feel that they need to in order to obtain a confession or enough information to warrant a conviction. You need to remain silent until you can speak with an attorney.

  • Should I let the police search my home?

    Your constitutional rights protect you from unlawful search and seizure. This means that the police must obtain a warrant or your permission in order to search your home. When they search your home, they are looking for evidence to substantiate an arrest and criminal charge; therefore, there is no reason why you should volunteer to give them the opportunity to collect evidence.

  • Do I have to submit to a field sobriety test?

    In the state of New York, you are not required to submit to field sobriety tests. You can politely decline these tests when asked and you cannot lawfully be penalized for refusing. It is important to know, however, that you will face penalties for refusal of a chemical test.

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