Salinas v. Texas

Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 02/27/2013


Salinas v. Texas

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 12-246

Prior Decision

Decision below 369 S.W.3d 176 (Tex. Crim. App. 2012).

Question Presented

Whether or under what circumstances the Fifth Amendment’s Self-Incrimination Clause protects a defendant’s refusal to answer law enforcement questioning before he has been arrested or read his Mirandarights.


The Fifth Amendment applies prior to arrest. Using silence as evidence of guilt compels a suspect to incriminate himself. The right to remain silent protects the innocent. Use of pre-arrest silence allows for police abuse and skews the balance between the individual and the state.

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Craig D. Singer and Jared L. Hubbard, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC; Jeffrey T. Green, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC; and Angela Moore, Rogers & Moore, PLLC, Boerne, Texas.