What To Do If Contacted By The Police
There are few things more stress-inducing than a visit from the police. You may feel as though the police officer has already found you guilty of committing a crime. Even if you are innocent of any crime, it can be difficult to know what to do and what to say.
What To Say To Police: Nothing
Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you. Anything.
If the police informally ask you questions during an investigation, every single word you say can be used against you, just the same as if you were speaking to the police after being arrested and taken into custody. Even if the police say you are not a suspect or tell you that they are on your side, your words are not protected. Nothing is off the record.
Do not assume that you can avoid saying something that will harm you. You might be surprised at how something you think is innocent can be twisted and used to obtain a conviction. Do not give into pressure. Police may attempt to question you again and again. Every time, you have the right to remain silent. Please use it.
What To Do When Contacted By Police: Get A Lawyer
Upon further reflection, there is one thing you can say to the police: “I would like a lawyer.”
A criminal defense attorney will be able to ensure that your rights are protected and that you do not inadvertently say or do anything that could harm your case. The sooner you get an attorney involved, the better your chances may be.
At Cheronis, Parente & Levitt LLC in Chicago, we start every case with an initial consultation. In other words, there is no risk and no commitment involved in getting in touch with us, telling us about your situation and letting us give you our opinion. If, ultimately, you are best served by having us represent you, we will take immediate action. Call 312-386-7033 to talk to one of our experienced lawyers today.