If you are being questioned by a supervisor or an investigator always ask to see an attorney.

If you are alleged to have committed a crime and are being read your rights, I urge you to remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney.  I have and always will recommend that course of action.  The reason that servicemembers fight the urge to ask for an attorney is because they do not want to appear guilty.  I completely understand this; refusing to answer questions from a supervisor or higher ranking investigator goes against everything you have been trained to do in the military.  However, I truly recommend that you ask to speak with an attorney before speaking to anyone who has read you your rights.  Your rights are there for a reason.  Simply executing your rights does not mean that you will appear guilty.  In fact, if the tables were turned, you can be sure that the folks wanting to question you would do the same in your shoes.  So please, don’t hesitate.  Even if you know that you are completely innocent of that which you are being accused, if you speak with an experience attorney before making a statement that attorney can help you prepare for it.  This is important, because if you say something you don’t mean to say, you cannot take it back.  Anything that you say can later be used against you at a court-martial or some other proceeding.  There is truly no stronger evidence against you than your own words.  So again, the minute someone reads you your rights or you think that you are suspected of something, come seek help from an experienced attorney.  It could make all the difference in the outcome or your case and your future.  To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.

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