If the police suspect you of being involved with a crime or of having important information about a crime, they likely want to speak with you about the matter. And you likely have questions about whether you should speak with the police and answer their questions in the first place. The answer to this question depends upon your exact circumstances, but there is one constant in the matter – you should not speak with the police about the issue at hand until after you have discussed it with an experienced criminal lawyer.
Your Instinct in the Matter
If you have never had an issue with the law before, your initial instinct may be to tell the police everything you know – after all, you are innocent. The police who are interested in interviewing you, however, are differently motivated. If they consider you a suspect, they have questions and interview techniques prepared that they believe will elicit the information they seek from you. In fact, they are often so adept at these matters that they can pry incriminating information out of you that you are not even aware of.
You may think that refusing to be interviewed without an attorney looks like an admission of guilt, but it is actually your right, and you should avail yourself of it. You could be facing criminal charges, and it is important to begin building your strongest case immediately, which includes not accidentally providing incriminating information by speaking to the police.
By Way of Example
If the police want to speak to you about a crime, this may seem innocent enough – and you might want to share what you know. The fact of the matter is, however, that, if the police who want to interview you are closing in on bringing charges against you, even the most innocuous information you provide could prove useful to their cause. For example, you telling an officer that you saw the crime take place puts you at the scene of the crime and can be enough to allow them to bring the charges.
Evaluating Your Situation
Your experienced criminal lawyer will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your situation and will determine if providing the police with information is in your best interest or not. Here are some of the considerations that may be at issue in your case:
- If your attorney finds that providing specific information can help clear the matter up on your end, he or she will direct you to do so within careful parameters.
- If your attorney determines otherwise, he or she will direct you to remain quiet or to provide very limited information on the matter.
- Your attorney will assess your situation from every angle to determine the approach that best protects your rights and interests.
Do Not Speak with the Police until After You Have Consulted with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Lawyer
Speaking with the police about a crime is an important decision that you should not make until you have consulted with an experienced criminal lawyer. Brett Pritchard is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who takes protecting your rights seriously. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.