Know Your Rights

The RIGHTS CARD is provided
for your information and use.
Print a copy for your purse or wallet.

 

Your Constitutional Rights

1. You do not have to talk to the police or anyone else about your case.

2. You do not have to answer any questions or respond to accusations.

3. You are entitled to an attorney before questioning.

4. You are entitled to an attorney during any search of your person or property.
5. You are guaranteed the right to a jury trial.
6. You are entitled to an attorney during any identification procedure.
7. You are entitled to all of your rights as provided by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Virginia.
8. You may assert your right to remain silent at any time and the police must honor your desire to remain silent and not be asked any questions.
9. You MUST assert your right to remain silent or the police may continue to ask questions. The recent Supreme Court cases of BERGHUIS v. THOMPKINS and SALINAS vs TEXAS requires you to invoke your right to counsel and to remain silent. Tell the police, “I want a lawyer, I don’t wish to make a statement and I want to call Richmond Criminal Law.”

Frequently Asked Questions

May the police search my belongings?
May the police search my belongings?
If I am stopped by the police and they begin to ask me questions about a crime, what should I do?
What are Miranda warnings?
How is bond set for cases?
How do lawyers set fees?
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Should I plead guilty or not guilty?
How is punishment decided in felony cases?
Do all drug offenses in Virginia carry a mandatory driver’s license suspension?
Can I appeal a case from the district court if I am not satisfied with the outcome?