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When I'm taken to the police station, do I have a right to a lawyer or a phone call?


A: You may and should ask to see a lawyer as soon as you arrive at the police station. Because you are now under arrest—where anything you say might be used against you—you should not say anything without a lawyer present or until you have talked to a lawyer. Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking at the jail, you have the right to make a local phone call to a lawyer, bail bondsman and/or any relative or other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer and any communications made to your lawyer. Your call should be discrete and made in such a way that you cannot be overheard by any other person. Pay attention to your surroundings when you make the call and notice if the police or anyone else can overhear the conversation.