Protect Your Rights Transcript

Katherine Godin: Any type of person can get themselves in a situation where they either make a mistake, or are in the wrong place at the wrong time, and can find themselves subject to criminal liability.

Christopher B. Coughlin: Most of my clients have never been arrested before, whether it be the young professional that went out for a few drinks with co-workers after work, and on the way home, a dog runs out in front of the car and he finds himself off the side of the road. Next thing he knows, there’s a police officer standing at his window asking him questions about where he’s been, where he’s going, how much he had to drink.

Leonard E. Milligan: The first 15 minutes is that crucial and early interaction with the police. That’s where their training and their experience gives them such a tremendous advantage over you.

Katherine: That’s why it’s essential to know your rights as soon as you encounter a police officer. To know whether you’re allowed to say no to a search of your car, whether you’re able to refuse to take a breathalyzer test, all the way up to confessing to the crime.

John R. Grasso: Your ordinary folks don’t know the law. Why would they know the law? And in many cases, they think they know the law, but they don’t.

Katherine: Having that ignorance, but that kind of bold ignorance where you think you know your rights but you really don’t, can get you in a lot more trouble than you started out with.

Rachel M. Self: LawyerUp is instant access to protecting your rights. And the reason that that’s so important is because in today’s society, we are going down a very, very slippery slope of violating people’s rights, with the Department of Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, police are very quick now to not be as cognizant of your constitutional protections as they used to be.