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Should I talk to the police after an arrest in South Carolina?

  • Should I talk to the police after an arrest in South Carolina?
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      Firm Name: Jack B. Swerling
      Duration: 01:18
      Date: 2022-09-30
      If you get arrested in South Carolina, you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything and even if you do, you can stop at any time. This is called invoking your Miranda rights. Even if you believe you are not guilty, it still is a good idea to politely decline to answer any questions.


      Issues that may occur talking to police after an arrest

      1. Police are trained with techniques to get you to admit certain actions
      2. Anything you say can be used against you
      3. You may discuss something that leads to further investigation
      4. You may not be innocent and could provide police information to use against you.
      5. You think you can talk you way out of the charges
      6. You think remaining silent will make you look guilty

        If you get arrestShould You Talk With Police When Arrested?ed, you will want to hire the best South Carolina criminal defense attorney you can. Columbia, SC criminal justice lawyer Jack B. Swerling has helped clients defend their rights for more than four decades.
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