What happens if I'm in custody and the police want to talk to me or to place me in a lineup?

Can I get a lawyer? Before an individual who is in custody may be questioned regarding a crime, the law requires the police to inform that person that they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If the person does not give up the right to an attorney, the police must arrange for the presence of an attorney before questioning can take place.


Likewise, if the police wish to place a person who has been arrested into a lineup, that person has the right to the presence of an attorney at the lineup. The Public Defender has attorneys on call to serve those functions. A Deputy Public Defender who goes to the police station or jail serves as the person's attorney in the same way as if the attorney had been retained to represent the person. The attorney represents you, the client, not the police.

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1. I think I have a warrant. What should I do?
2. When is my next court date?
3. Should I expect to be remanded into custody?
4. What should I expect at my first court appearance?
5. Can I speak to a public defender before my first appearance?
6. What happens if I'm in custody and the police want to talk to me or to place me in a lineup?
7. How do I get a public defender?
8. Are public defender's "real" lawyers?
9. Should I just hire a private lawyer?
10. How do I contact my public defender?
11. I like a certain attorney. Can I choose who is assigned to my case?
12. I don't like my current deputy public defender. Can I get a new one?
13. How can I expunge a conviction from my record?