Remember high school civics class, the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights? You may not have exact recall of Pythagorean’s Theorem or the meaning of onomatopoeia, but remembering you right to remain silent and your right to an attorney can be useful if you are arrested.
If you are arrested, you do not have to answer questions and you can end an interrogation by stating that you wish to remain silent. Speak up to say you want to remain silent. Defendants can hurt their case by saying too much, and good legal counsel can help you work with prosecutors on an outcome that is best for everyone.
The Florida Bar provides a free online pamphlet called “Legal Guide for New Adults” (available at http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/48e76203493b82ad852567090070c9b9/34557641d4c2f7c885256b2f006c5753?OpenDocument) which covers criminal charges and a variety of non-criminal subjects. The language is in layman’s terms and its topics apply to new adults as well as those a little older than 18.