Dedicated To Protecting Your Rights

If you are arrested, you do not have to consent to a search. You have certain protections and rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Many people panic during an arrest and say more than they need to say to police officers.

Criminal law attorney Gerritt A. Rutgers prints out free advice on his business card. Anyone may use the language, or simply hand his business card to the arresting officer to protect their rights.

Mr. Rutgers' business card reads as follows:

On the advice of my attorney, I do not consent to a search of:

  • My person
  • My automobile
  • My residence
  • Any area under my control

"I request I be allowed to leave — now"

"If I am not allowed to leave, I will identify myself, but I refuse to answer any questions until I have been allowed to consult with my attorney."

"If I am suspected of driving under the influence, I refuse to perform any field sobriety tests."

"However, I will submit to a breath test, but not through any type of portable device."

Certified Specialist In Criminal Law Is Dedicated To Protecting Your Rights

Your due process under the law is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the constitution of the state of California.

Your fundamental right to fairness under the law includes:

  • Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Protecting from self-incrimination
  • Right to a lawyer
  • Right to a speedy trial
  • Right to confront witnesses
  • Right to an impartial jury if you are charged with a felony

Further, unconstitutionally obtained evidence must be excluded. Evidence against you that was obtained by violating your constitutional rights may not be introduced at trial to prove your guilt.

Questions To Ask Your Potential Attorney

When hiring a lawyer, it is critical to your future to ask many questions. It is important to find out information that is going to ensure you are working with a lawyer who is going to be there for you each step of the way, especially in court.

Gerritt Rutgers urges you to ask questions, including:

  • What is your experience level?
  • Are you personally going to be there in court with me, or will you send others in your place?
  • How many cases have you taken to jury trials and obtained a verdict?
  • How often are you in court?
  • Do you appear in different courts at the same time? If so, what am I supposed to tell the judge when you are not there?
  • What kinds of cases have you handled?
  • Have you handled a case like mine?
  • Do you take appointed cases? Why?

Gerritt Rutgers is there with you every step of the way, and if your case goes to court, he will vigorously defend your right to secure your best possible outcome.

Gerritt A. Rutgers Attorney at Law is located in Redwood City, and may be reached by telephone at 650-399-0953, or by completing the online form.