Under the Constitution of the United States, you have the right to remain silent . . . exercise it.
Our attorneys located in Salem, OR will take your case seriously. Often when being investigated by law enforcement as a suspect in a criminal investigation, it is best to say nothing at all. Do not respond to the frequently used line “If you are not guilty, why do you need an attorney?” Police Officers in Salem, Marion County, Polk County and other areas are trained in investigation and interrogation. They are masters of obtaining confessions. This is what they are paid to do, and this is what we expect them to do. Regardless of education or experience, an individual being investigated for a crime is at a serious disadvantage. Even if you are certain that you are “innocent,” you should still politely decline to answer questions regarding the matter, and instead tell the investigating officer that you wish to “invoke your right of silence” and wish to have an attorney present before answering any questions.
This does not mean you will not be arrested or that the matter will simply go away. Sometimes that happens; sometimes the individual is still arrested. However, the chances of a successful defense are markedly increased if the individual being investigated remains silent until after speaking to an attorney.
Our attorneys in Salem have experience with a broad range of criminal cases. We assist individuals charged with all types of misdemeanor or felony crimes. Some of the cases we have handled for individuals include: