Let’s say I get arrested. Do I have the right to remain silent? Do I have the right to make a phone call? Do I have the right to an attorney? Is that attorney mandated with acting in my best interests? Is there confidentiality between an attorney and his client? Is there a presumption of innocence? Do I have to prove my innocence, or does the court have to prove my guilt? How long can someone be held without charges?
I’m curious about these things, and while it’s not that surprising that I don’t know the answer, what is surprising to me is that most Taiwanese don’t seem to know the answers, either!
(I haven’t been arrested, but me being a Canadian, and an English teacher to boot, statistically it’s just a matter of time before I start dealing drugs, so this is all good information to know.)