Speak up to Claim your Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent

The Supreme Court issued a ruling today in Salinas v. Texas, a case about whether or not the prosecution can use pre-arrest silence as evidence of guilt. In general, the prosecution cannot use a defendant’s invocation of his Fifth Amendment right, the right to...

Contra Costa County Sheriff Alters Policies on Immigration Holds

The Sheriff’s office is in the process of altering its policy regarding the handling of undocumented individuals who are booked in County jail. As it currently stands, when an arrestee is booked and fingerprinted, the Sheriff’s office automatically sends...