If in any case you are arrested, it is important to know your rights and what to do. Here are some guidelines to follow if you are a non-citizen and have been arrested in Arizona.
An arrest or conviction can seriously jeopardize your ability to get naturalization for yourself and/or your family members. If you are arrested, contact an immigration defense attorney immediately. The lawyers at Maria Jones Law Firm are experienced in complex immigration matters involving criminal charges and convictions.
If you are arrested by local police, it is important to seek legal representation before talking to police or taking a plea. You should also understand your rights as a non-citizen in Arizona. Even as a non-citizen, the Miranda Rights still apply to you. Before a law enforcement officer questions you, he must read these rights to you:
· You have the right to remain silent (do not give any information other than your name and any identification documents that are requested)
· Anything you say may be used against you
· You have a right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned (after your arrest you are permitted a phone call. If the phone call is to an attorney, police are not permitted to listen in on the call)
· If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you (criminal cases only)
If you have not been read these rights, your statement cannot be used against you in a court of law as long as your attorney asks the court to suppress any statement you made after your arrest, and this request is granted. However, any evidence presented by the prosecution that is unrelated to your statements may be used against you.
You are not required to answer any questions that police ask you. Instead, ask to see an attorney. Before you speak to an attorney, do not waive any rights or sign any documents. Anytime you speak to a police officer, be polite but firm. Do not cause a scene and give law enforcement any reason to charge you for any further actions.
At Maria Jones Law Firm, we are committed to protecting your legal interests, release you from detention, and defend you against the potential threat of deportation.
If you are taken into custody, call our experienced attorneys that are available 24/7 at 602-626-3296.