That said, here are some other important rights of which you should be aware:
During the Arrest
The Fifth Amendment offers you protection against self-incrimination (the right to remain silent). This means you have the right to consult with a lawyer, that a lawyer can be present during questioning, and that you can stop an interview with police at any time. It is important to note that in order for your Fifth Amendment right to take motion, you must invoke this right by telling the police you wish to activate your right (“I want to invoke my right to silence until my attorney arrives.”). Understand that staying silent without invoking this right allows police to interpret your silence as a symptom or confirmation of guilt.
After the Arrest
If you are in custody, you have the right to an arraignment within 48 hours of your arrest. During this hearing, your rights should be explained to you fully as should the charges levied against you. This is also the point where bail will be assigned (you may also have the option to request release on the promise of appearance). Again, an experienced and reputable criminal defense attorney can and will assist you through the process. For further information or to schedule an appointment with the best criminal defense attorney in Reno please contact the law office of Ken McKenna at 775.329.6373 or visit www.KenMcKenna.com.