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The Role of the Criminal Lawyers
Criminal lawyers defend a person charged with a misdemeanor or a felony—a crime. Not all criminal cases require a trial. The law classifies a crime as either a felony or a misdemeanor, with a felony being the more serious of the two. Generally, a felony is punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year, while a misdemeanor carries a jail term of less than one year.
* The police can arrest you without reading your rights, but they cannot interrogate you until after reading your rights. If the police question you without detaining you, they do not have to read you your rights, but if you volunteer information as a witness (without being detained), that information can be used against you in a court of law.
* If the police question you without detaining you, your silence can be used against you. You can say that your lawyer has advised you never to submit to questioning without seeking counsel first. The officer will read you your rights, and your silence cannot be used against you, because Miranda protects you.
+You have the right to remain silent.
+ Anything you say can be used against you.
+ You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning (present and future questioning—any questioning).
+ If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed free of charge.