Georgia's government is tough on crime. Unfortunately, that also means that it is sometimes tough on rights. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP., We believe that there is no excuse for violating someone's basic human liberties.
One of those liberties is your right to hire a lawyer. We understand that not everyone who is arrested in Georgia wants to do this. For some people, it may seem like it is an unnecessary step. Others may think that hiring a representative would escalate the situation. Make no mistake about it: If you were arrested in Georgia, or even if you were under investigation regarding criminal acts, the situation would probably already be quite serious. It is never too early to start protecting your rights.
In fact, you have powerful rights in any criminal justice situation. The rights that the United States Constitution grants you are always at your disposal until you waive them. Law enforcement professionals may try to convince you otherwise, but your best course of action is almost always to exercise your liberties to their greatest extent.
One of the most important parts of this is not talking to police or state attorneys. These people are usually within their rights to record any interaction you have with them in an interrogating or questioning setting. It can be difficult to know whether you should speak or not. If you have any question as to which is the best course of action, it could be in your best interest to hire someone who is trained and obligated to advise you.
In short, your rights are probably more powerful and more important than you think. It is never too early to start protecting them. In fact, the earlier you start, the more options you are likely to have. Please read on for more information.