Many people do not fully understand their legal rights. Often, individuals do not feel the need to know their rights until they face a legal predicament. When people are taken into custody and charged with violent crimes, it is vital that they understand what steps they can take to face the allegations leveled against them.
Even when placed under arrest, individuals have legal rights. It is often wise to exercise those rights in hopes of keeping a situation under control as best as possible. In particular, remaining silent can prevent a person from making incriminating statements, and exercising one's right to an attorney can help someone better understand legal options for creating a criminal defense.