If you are charged with or suspected of committing a crime . . .

You have the right to remain silent. Never talk to the police until you’ve had the opportunity to speak with a lawyer. The police very often lie to suspects in an effort to get them to talk, threatening harsher consequences if you exercise your right to remain silent and easier treatment if you talk. Don’t be duped by this tactic. Any promises the police might make to you are worthless, since what ultimately happens to you is not up to them. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Although the police may lie to you, you should not lie to the police, which could get you charged with obstruction of justice. Instead, you should remain silent, except to ask to speak with a lawyer.

If you are charged with committing a crime, sometimes accepting a plea bargain will be in your best interests, but sometimes your interests will best be served by requiring the prosecution to prove its case at trial. You are presumed innocent until you plead guilty or until a unanimous jury of your peers finds you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. John Kindley will advise you about the law as it relates to the factual circumstances of your case, but ultimately the decision whether or not to plead guilty is yours alone. Whether you choose to plead guilty or to go to trial, John Kindley will zealously represent and advocate your interests at all stages of the process.