DO: Understand and know your rights.
DO: Call an attorney. You have a right to an attorney, and having one to fight for you, even in these initial stages, will do you a lot of good.
DON’T: Do not volunteer information to the officer that you don’t need to.
DON’T: Do not allow the officer to search your vehicle without your consent.
A lot of times we have clients that will basically have great cases, but when we start reading the police report, they allowed the officer to search the vehicle, volunteered information to the officer, or admitted to things that they shouldn’t have.
DON’T: Do not speak to the police without an attorney.
If the police officers ask for your name and things of that nature, go ahead, but don’t say anything that can be used against you. You’ve likely heard such advice numerous times via movies and TV shows, but it is accurate advice.
The only thing that’s going to stop police officers from insisting on answers to their questions is saying that you have an attorney or that you want an attorney. At that point, they have to stop questioning you.
DON’T: Do not say anything to incriminate yourself. Don’t try to come up with a story that’s not truthful.
The best thing to do is just tell police officers that you don’t want to say anything. Many think they can talk their way out of the charge.
If you’re a suspect of a crime, then you should also not speak to the police officers.
Oftentimes we get cases where people are “a person of interest.” Even in that situation, you should contact an attorney to make sure you do not incriminate yourself.
When people call us, we at the very least act as the liaison for them with the police, and guide them through the process. We can be of service to you even if you have not been arrested.