Jail or Detention Center and the Right to Remain Silent

If you are ever arrested and/or find yourself in jail and/or CCDC (the Clark County Detention Center), you must be careful! Sometimes, the police will arrest and ask questions in hopes of attaining a confession. You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can be used against you. Let me repeat: you have the right to remain silent; anything you say can be used against you.

This right does not apply only to individuals who have committed a crime. The right applies to everyone, especially those who are innocent. Thus, even if you are innocent of any crime, do not talk. Your statements can be misunderstood. I once had a client who was asked why he was in jail and he said in Spanish, “because I was bothering my niece.” However, he used the Spanish word of “molestando” for “bothering” which was translated as “molesting.” His short visit to jail turned into an extended one.

Again, if you find yourself in jail and/or the CCDC or any other detention center, ask to speak with an attorney first.