If I’m arrested in Riverside California, do I have to talk to police? The short answer to that question is no. A police officer can stop you, and ask you questions- but you don’t have to respond. Only a judge can force you to answer any questions.
But this brings up a second issue, when is a person under arrest? Because of the many shows on TV like Law and Order and CSI, many people think that an arrest has to include some formal statement by the police like, “you are under arrest,” or “you have a right to remain silent.” But reality is a little more complicated. An arrest occurs when a person no longer reasonably expects that he is free to leave. If, for example, a person is not allowed to leave the scene for an extended period of time, the person may be considered to be “under arrest,” even though those “magic” words are never uttered. If a person is handcuffed, is locked in the back of a police car, or is otherwise kept from leaving, generally the person will be considered to be under arrest—and thus has constitutional protections afforded to them, such as the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney.
If you believe you are the focus of a criminal investigation in Orange, Riverside or San Bernadino Counties, ask for a criminal defense attorney immediately. I have protected the rights of hundreds of investigated and accused people in Southern California, and know that having a good criminal defense attorney on your side—even before the police have filed charges—can make the difference between an acquittal and a conviction.