Military Suspect Rights
Tacoma Military Criminal Defense Lawyer
You should consider yourself a suspect any time you are called in for questioning by CID, NCIS, or any other law enforcement agency, or even your chain of command if you are read your Article 31 warnings. You are obviously a suspect if you are arrested, detained, or apprehended by law enforcement. You should also consider yourself a suspect if you hear rumors around your unit that you are being investigated by law enforcement or your chain of command.
Protect Yourself & Your Military Career
The number one Rule for a suspect is: Do not talk to anyone without first speaking with a Tacoma military criminal defense attorney. You have a right to refuse to answer questions under Article 31 as well as the United States Constitution and you must exercise that right. It is important to understand that this right even applies in a combat zone or on a ship underway.
You must also understand that military investigators are not there to hear your side of the story. They do not want to just clear things up so you can go back to your unit. Their entire reason for being is to build a criminal case against you.
Do not become the government’s best witness against you by talking. You also need to be aware that it is perfectly alright for investigators to lie to you to get you to talk. They may tell you that other people have talked and that talking to them can only help you. Do not fall for this.
Again, if you are a suspect, do not talk to anyone except a Tacoma criminal military defense lawyer or qualified civilian counsel. Invoke your right to remain silent and demand to speak to a defense counsel immediately.
Understanding the Prosecution's Tactics
In a military investigation, another law enforcement tactic is to try to get a suspect to take a polygraph test, also known as a lie detector.
Do not do this. Polygraph results are not admissible in any military court. This is because scientific studies, including studies conducted by the military have shown them to be unreliable due to a number of subjective factors that could indicate deception even when the suspect is telling the truth. Investigators want a polygraph because they know you will fail and they will use this against you in negotiating. The second rule is: Do not take a polygraph.
If you are a suspect in a criminal investigation you can contact our Tacoma criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Krupa & Clark anytime for a free consultation.