Whether you are facing a "minor" offense or a serious criminal charge, having an experienced attorney representing you can make a large difference.  The government employs smart and hard-working people to investigate and prosecute criminal cases - without someone similar on your side, you may face a disadvantage.

If you have been charged with a violation of the law and would like to schedule a free consultation to have Attorney Nelson evaluate your case, please contact us.

Your Rights
If you are stopped or questioned by the police, the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Connecticut provide you with certain rights.  Having a basic understanding of some of these rights before you speak with the police is important.

To Remain Silent:
If you are stopped or questioned by a law enforcement agent, inform them that you wish to remain silent - and then do so.  If you volunteer information of any kind, it can be used against you.  Many people think that cooperating with the police will result with the officer "giving them a break."  This is almost never the case.  In fact, if the police suspect you for a crime, depending on what you say, you may give the officer no choice but to arrest you.  Cooperating with the police is not necessarily a bad thing - but doing so without first seeking the advice of an attorney can be a very costly mistake.

Searches:
In most situations, you have a right to refuse to be searched if you are not under arrest - this includes a search of your car and your home.  The police will often imply that you will look guilty if you don't consent to a warrantees search but protecting your right to privacy is not the admission of guilt.  If the police have a basis to arrest you, they generally won't be asking for permission to search you or your things.

Access to Legal Counsel:
You don't have to be arrested to have the right to an attorney.  You always have the right to ask for an attorney when dealing with the police.

What to do if you are stopped or arrested:

  • Remain calm.  If you are calm you're more likely to remember everything that happens.

  • Ask for an attorney.  Do not answer any questions or make any statements until you have had a chance to speak with legal counsel.

  • Invoke your right to remain silent - and then remain silent.

  • Be polite. You can do this without speaking to the police. Do not resist or interfere with the police, even if you think they are violating your rights.