DO I HAVE TO TALK TO THE POLICE?

DO I HAVE TO TALK TO THE POLICE?

Do I have to talk to the police? – People will sometimes ask me, “Do I have to talk to the police?” The short answer is no; you never have to talk to the police. In fact, 99 times out of 100, any experienced criminal defense attorney will tell you not to talk to the police. There may be, on occasion, a rare exception when after speaking with your attorney, your attorney might ask you to make a statement, but only after speaking with your attorney first. Remember, you have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and you should always exercise that right when being questioned by the police. I like to say it a different way, when giving talks about this, I often like to tell people to remember these three words, “Just shut up!”

I know the reason people will speak to the police, they think they are going to be able to say something that will convince the police officer of their innocence. This is why most people are under the false assumption that, “If I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to worry about.” As a practicing criminal defense attorney for more than two decades, I can say you could have a lot to worry about if you open your big mouth, even if you are actually innocent. You might not get all the facts right. You might say something that is not accurate that could be used against you. The police officer may not write down what you said correctly. You could even be dealing with a lying police officer. By keeping your big mouth shut and remaining silent, you limit what could be used against you, and do not limit your possible defenses.

It’s important to note, the police can continue to ask you questions. You must assert your right to remain silent for it to be effective. Making vague statements like, “maybe I should talk to an attorney” or ”I think I might need to call a lawyer” in most cases will not be good enough. You must be unequivocal in your assertion. You should say something like, ”I refuse to answer any questions until I talk to my lawyer” or “I want to talk to an attorney right now.” If you think you may not remember my advice, I suggest you read the back of my business card.

 

Do I Have To Talk To The Police?

There are no consequences for just remaining silent, but there could be unlimited consequences for opening your big mouth. If you are being questioned by law enforcement, the best advice I can give is to just shut up and call a criminal defense attorney. If you find yourself in this situation, I can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the number below.

Do I Have To Talk To The Police?

Do I Have To Talk To The Police?

480-755-7110

 


DO I HAVE TO TALK TO THE POLICE?

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