Why silence is golden if arrested

If the police arrest you, they must read you your Miranda rights before questioning you. Yet, even before that, you can get yourself in trouble if you say too much. What are the Miranda rights? This is what the questioning officers must tell you before they start: You...

Why evidence might be suppressed in a case

In most situations, the strength of the evidence in a California criminal case will determine its outcome. Therefore, it isn't uncommon for a defense attorney to make an effort to suppress evidence in order to weaken the case against his or her client. Let's take a...

Reliability of dental evidence

If you look at Hollywood movies and television shows, it seems that two pieces of evidence tend to always be the final nail in the coffin for the accused. These include fingerprints and dental marks. However, unlike fingerprints, there is very little confidence in...

Misconceptions about undercover cops

In cases in which people commit a crime in the presence of an undercover cop, their defense could include police entrapment. This defense can apply in courts everywhere from California to Florida, and it involves claiming that the police officer set up the person to...

How to exercise your right to remain silent

If you are taken into custody in California, you must be notified of your right to remain silent. However, if you fail to invoke your right to do so, anything that you say may be used as evidence in court. Let's take a look at what you must do to invoke your right not...