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Stay Silent and Ask for An Attorney

Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you are being questioned by police on suspicion of a crime our advice is to stay silent and ask for an attorney. You may think you can talk your way out of an arrest, or garner sympathy from the officer, but in our experience that is almost never the case. Exercise your right to remain silent until your attorney is by your side.

Founding attorney and managing partner Lizanne Padula has 20 years criminal law experience, 15 years as a criminal defense attorney and 5 years as a prosecutor. Through the decades Lizanne has gleaned significant insight into the tactics used by law enforcement and how to best defend people accused of crimes. Here are a few things Padula & Associates wants you to know about your rights:

You always have the right to remain silent. The police do not have to inform you of your rights (or read you your Miranda rights) for them to be in effect. You always have your rights, including your right to remain silent.

You can ask law enforcement officers if you are free to leave. If they say yes, then you may leave. If they so no, then you are considered in police custody and they have a duty to Mirandize you (read you your rights).

Answering questions on the spot can severely harm you. If you answer questions in the heat of the moment without thinking about your answers and without consulting with an attorney, you may inadvertently give the police evidence that will help secure a conviction against you.

Anything you say can and will be used against you. When talking to the police never lose sight of the fact that anything you say may potentially bolster the State’s case against you and/or harm your ability to defend yourself against criminal charges.

The most advisable course of action is to stop talking and get yourself a lawyer.

You always have the right to an attorney. You always have the right to an attorney during any police interrogation and during any legal proceeding. Exercise this right. If you do answers questions, your attorney will be there to protect your rights and ensure you do not offer statements that will bolster a criminal case against you.

As soon as you ask for an attorney the interrogation should stop. Once you ask for an attorney the police are no longer supposed to interrogate you until your attorney is present.

Our advice is to never give a statement or answer police questions without an attorney present. Our Attorneys are available right now, 24/7. Call us at 425-883-3366 for advice on how to react to law enforcement.

If you are facing criminal charges we urge you to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The attorneys of Padula & Associates, LLC are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and they will help you take on criminal allegations with confidence. We will be your fierce advocates, and we will mount an aggressive defense in your case and help you fight for a just resolution.

We are available 24/7. Consultations are free. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at, or fill out our online free consultation form today.

We proudly serve the folks in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State with aggressive and effective criminal defense.