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If you think you may need an attorney in Northern Kentucky you should immediately contact an attorney. Often the greatest mistake that a criminal defendant makes is meeting with investigators, police or authorities without first talking to counsel. Many defendants also make the mistake of going to court thinking that an attorney is unnecessary. If you are going to court, do not fool yourself into thinking you can handle it alone. There are many cases where the right to remain silent is the difference between a conviction and acquittal. Miranda rights are generally read to criminal defendants only after they are placed under arrest or in a custodial interrogation. While almost everyone is aware of the Miranda rights, "The right to remain silent, the right to an attorney and that any thing you say can and will be used against you in court." It is still amazing how few defendants actually put that into practical use when being questioned. Many, if not most, defendants still believe that if they cooperate that the police will give pity and let them go or not charge them with the crime. Even though Miranda does apply, if a suspect voluntarily agrees to meet with an investigator, there is no requirement to first read the person their rights. While they do enjoy the right to remain silent and anything they say can, and will, be used against them, the duty of authorities to advise a person of that right generally only begins once they are placed in custody. Therefore, without telling you the things that you say will be used against you. This is of particular importance as there are many crimes which cannot be proven without a confession. Furthermore, it is the burden of the prosecution to prove the case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution cannot force a defendant to testify and there is no presumption given by a defendant who chooses to remain silent. This is one reason that many crimes go unsolved or there is no conviction. The police know these rules better than most defendants and use them to gain a confession. Once a voluntary confession is given, conviction is virtually certain. If you think you might need an attorney in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call today at 859-581-MIKE (6453). If you have made one mistake, don't compound it by making another of not hiring an attorney. It may be the one call that makes the difference.

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