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May 29, 2009

The first rule of being charged with a crime

The first rule of being charged with a crime is do not talk about being charged with a crime. Or, the alleged crime itself.

If possible to imagine, that rule became more important this week as the Supreme Court announced its decision in Montejo v. Louisiana held that the police could question a criminal defendant who had already had a lawyer appointed to represent him in a case, about that case. So, the old rule from Michigan v. Jackson that the police cannot question someone once they have a lawyer in the case no longer applies across the board.

What does this mean?

If you have questions about how federal criminal charges are different than state criminal charges, please visit this page on Maryland federal criminal charges.

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