Know Your Rights During an Investigation into a Criminal Offense
If you are facing questioning during an investigation into a criminal offense by Illinois law enforcement, you have rights. Even if you have not been arrested for a crime, it is beneficial to understand your rights under the law. Additionally, it is important to understand the possible consequences of your actions should you choose to participate or not participate in an investigation into a criminal offense.
When you are the subject of a criminal investigation, it is still within your rights to seek legal assistance, even if you have not yet been charged. You may refuse to speak with police, as that is part of your right to remain silent. You also may refuse to submit to a lie detector test. A lie detector test may be prone to error and the results can be used to support a prosecutor’s request for the filing of charges against you.
After an arrest, you can be required to participate in a lineup, but not before then. It is likely in your best interest to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney before speaking with investigators. It is also important to keep in mind that police officers do not have to tell you the truth during questioning, and remember that whatever you say to police or other legal officials can be used against you by the prosecution.
Regardless of what you may have been told by Illinois law enforcement, you have rights. Educate yourself regarding what you can and cannot be compelled to do both before and after an arrest. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, an experienced defense attorney can provide additional information for your situation.
Source: illinoislegalaid.org, “Your Rights during a Pre-Arrest Criminal Investigation“, Dec. 3, 2014
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