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No matter your age, knowing your rights is important

Imagine for a moment that you have just been taken into police custody, accused of possessing drugs with the intent to sell. You are taken to the police station and placed in a room with an interrogator. The interrogator wastes no time and immediately starts asking you questions about the crime you allegedly committed. What do you do?

If you're like a lot of people in Colorado, you may not know that you have rights, including the right to remain silent which is afforded to you in the Miranda warning. Even if you are vaguely familiar with this right though, you may be unclear on others that could provide valuable protection against everything from unreasonable search and seizure to forced confessions.

As a precaution, everyone should be aware of their basic constitutional rights, even if they consider themselves to be a law abiding citizen. That's because police can accuse just about anyone of committing a crime, including drug crimes, and an arrest can be made as long as an officer has probable cause.

Even an accusation of committing a crime can be damaging to someone's reputation, which is why exercising your right to an attorney is so important. You probably also want to make sure that all your rights are being protected as well, which is why seeking legal counsel immediately after being accused of wrongdoing is considered such a good idea.

Whether you're 50 or 15, knowing your rights is important because it can sometimes mean the difference between proving your innocence and being wrongfully convicted. A knowledgeable lawyer is the one who will fight to get you the better of these two options if you find yourself facing criminal charges.

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