Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What to Keep in Mind Regarding the Miranda Rights Warning

Since 2015, J. Christopher (Chris) Llinas has owned a private legal practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. In his capacity as a criminal defense attorney, J. Christopher (Chris) Llinas endeavors to help people understand and exercise their constitutional rights.

The 1966 decision of United States Supreme Court for Miranda v. Arizona led to what are now known as the Miranda Rights, which comprise the list of facts police must read prior to performing custodial interrogations. Police officers read, or recite, these rights (e.g. to remain silent, to an attorney, etc.) if and only if they place an individual under custody and they intend to use any responses as evidence.

However straightforward the law may seem, certain issues arise when a person does not understand the protocol of a Miranda warning. Citizens should remember that unless placed under custody, law enforcement has no obligation to read the Miranda Rights. Attorneys generally advise that their clients either offer no information in a non-custodial situation or that they exercise their rights by remaining silent and requesting an attorney if and when placed in custody. Different nuances exist from state to state, and individuals should consult a legal professional on these matters.                          

Friday, May 6, 2016

Supporting the Delmarva Education Foundation

A graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), Chris Llinas is now an attorney in private practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Aside from providing representation through his practice, J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney-at-Law, Chris Llinas provides legal support to local nonprofit organizations such as the Delmarva Education Foundation.

The Delmarva Education Foundation (DEF) provides individuals living in and around Maryland’s lower Delmarva peninsula with assistance when it comes to finding money and scholarship opportunities for college education. In helping financially burdened and underserved students receive the funds necessary for continued education, the organization has established itself as the area’s only not-for-profit college access operation.

Individuals interested in contributing to DEF are invited to visit www.delmarvaed.org. Online donations can be made through PayPal, a safe and secure method of electronic transfers. Alternatively, contributions can be made by mail. For more information on donations and foundation operations, individuals can call 443-235-5915.