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What rights do I have in Florida when a law enforcement officer asks me questions?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

When a law enforcement officer asks you questions and you’re subjectively or objectively the subject of a criminal investigation the police are conducting and a reasonable person faced with the facts and circumstances that you are faced with feels like they’re not free to leave, the police should read you your rights. They should tell you that you have a right to a lawyer. That you have a right to remain silent. Among other things, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You need to understand those rights in determining whether or not you think it’s appropriate to answer the polices questions. Usually, nine times out of ten, it’s better that if you’re in doubt, don’t answer the questions. You should consult with a lawyer. You should talk with that lawyer to determine if and when it might be appropriate for you to answer the polices questions and under what circumstances before you make that decision on your own.