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Rights in Aruba while in custody

December 17, 2009

When you are about to be questioned while in custody, the police should inform you of the reason why you are being detained. You should also be informed of your rights. These are:

– You have the right to remain silent.

– You have the right to receive assistance from an attorney. If you can’t afford one, one will be provided to you by the government.

Once you’ve been informed of your rights, this should be confirmed in writing by a standard form which you should be asked to sign. These rights are similar to the Miranda rights in the USA.

In June 2009 the Supreme Court ruled that a suspect must be given the opportunity to consult an attorney before being questioned.  Juvenile suspects have the right of assistance from an attorney (or other confidant) during the police interrogations.

If a suspect is not given the opportunity to consult with an attorney, his statements will generally not be allowed to be used as evidence during a trial.

For assistance in this matter contact us at www.gobiklaw.com.

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