FIGHTING FOR YOU AND PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS!
Mr. Ence has represented clients charged with many different criminal offenses.
He has handled cases in Federal, State, Juvenile and Tribal courts involving both felonies and misdemeanors, including:
battery-domestic violence, child abuse, driving under the influence, drugs, fraud, sex crimes, arson, theft and even murder.
RIGHTS WHEN YOU ARE ACCUSED:
ONLY YOUR LAWYER KNOWS FOR SURE
#1: You don't have to answer a law enforcement officer's questions, but you must show your driver's license and registration when stopped in a car. In other situations,
you can't be arrested for merely refusing to identify yourself on the street.
#2: What you say to a law enforcement officer is always important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give the
officer an excuse to arrest you, especially if you bad-mouth a police officer.
#3: It's not a crime to refuse to answer questions, but refusing to answer can make the police suspicious about you.
#4: You don't have to consent to any search of yourself, your car or your house.
#5: If you are arrested or taken to the police station you have the right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Tell the police nothing except your name and address. Don't give any explanations, excuses or stories. You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you and your lawyer decide is best.
YOU CAN HELP YOUR LAWYER GET YOU THE JUSTICE YOU DESERVE
#1: If you are stopped, be polite and respectful. Never bad-mouth a
law enforcement officer. Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and
emotions, and whatever you do, do not argue with a police officer.
#2: If you DO consent to a search, it can affect your rights later in court. If the police say they have a search warrant,
ask to see it.
#3: Ask if you are under arrest. If you are, you have a right to know why.
#4: Upon request, show a law enforcement officer your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. In certain cases, your car can be searched without a warrant as long as the police have probable cause. To protect yourself later, you should make it clear that you do not consent to a search. It is not lawful for police to arrest you simply for refusing to consent to a search.
#5: Do not make any decisions in your case until you have talked with a lawyer.