Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

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On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2015 | Firm News, Murder & Other Homicide Crimes |

One of the most important parts of the criminal justice system is having a complete understanding of your rights. Many people who are accused of murder do not fully know what they are and are not entitled to, and this can sometimes land them in trouble with the law. For example, most people know that anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law, but did you know that the opposite is not true?

Thanks to the United States Constitution, you have the right to remain silent if you are suspected of a crime, meaning that you do not have to tell the police anything. If you accidentally say something that is self-incriminating, the officer can and will use that against you if the case goes to trial in order to see you convicted. However, if you tell an officer something that points to your innocence, that officer is under no obligation to present that evidence in the courtroom.

This is because the job of those employed in the service of the law is to convict a suspect of the crime they are suspected of committing. Make no mistake, police make every effort to find the right person, but therein lies the problem: if the police arrest you for murder, it is because evidence has led them to believe that you are the person responsible for the murder. Police do not often arrest people for a crime when they do not truly believe that the person being arrested was actually involved in the crime.

The purpose of this information is not to make you inherently distrustful of police officers, but more to enlighten you as to why it is imperative that you seek legal aid if you are suspected or accused of murder or homicide. At the point when you are arrested, it is almost certainly because police believe that you are the person responsible and that they can convict you of the crime. With such motivation working against you, you need equally zealous legal help working for you. If you are suspected of murder or homicide in Louisiana, visit our webpage to learn more about how we can help you take advantage of your rights to present a strong legal defense.