The United States Supreme Court has made it clear that an accused person who invokes his right to have counsel present during custodial interrogation may not be subjected to further interrogation by authorities without the presence of counsel, unless the accused initiates further communication with the police. Edwards v. Arizona (1981) 451 U.S. 477; Minnick v. Mississippi (1990) 498 U.S. 146. However, the right to counsel attaches only with respect to the specific offenses for which the prosecution has been initiated. People v. Clair (1992) 2 Cal.4th 629.
When facing criminal charges it is critical to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. With your reputation on the line, you need help from an attorney who knows the current law and what it takes to defend you in a criminal case. Seeking this assistance can also help you from unwittingly making an admission upon which guilt can be predicated. Such knowledge and experience could mean the difference between staying in jail and having your freedom.
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