This post concludes our series on how the Miranda decision impacts the rights of Little Rock, Arkansas criminal defendants. Our goal with this series has been to help residents of our area to understand what it is they should expect from the process if they feel their rights were violated by the police. One point we have stressed throughout these articles is that you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if you have had a run-in with the police.
We have addressed several topics over our recent posts. Subjects we have looked at included:
- How Miranda rights apply to juveniles and special populations
- Filing a Motion To Suppress Statements in an Arkansas Court
- Appealing an Arkansas Circuit Court’s denial of a suppression motion
These are important topics for several reasons. First, many defendants do not realize that the Court applies the right to remain silently differently to special populations. If, for example, a juvenile spoke with the police then the Judge will consider the facts from the viewpoint of a juvenile. Second, it is important to understand the process involved in keeping statements out of Court; understanding the process helps to ensure that you have realistic expectations. Finally, even if your Motion to exclude evidence was denied you still have the option of appealing. It is crucial that you understand each of these issues if you have spoken with the police.
If you have been arrested and statements made to law enforcement are to be used against you then contact our Little Rock criminal defense lawyers immediately. We have extensive experience in handling such matters and are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of the state.