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When the police believe a crime has been committed, they start an investigation. If they are ready to charge you, you are taken into custody and the charges are filed. Sometimes, the police need additional information before they will decide whether to file charges against you. In some cases, they do not have to tell you that they are investigating you or that they are thinking of filing criminal charges against you. If the cops ask to interview you, the most important thing you can do is CONSULT WITH A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING TO THE POLICE.
Why You Should Take A Lawyer To An Interview With the Cops
If the police ask to interview you about a crime, consult immediately with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.There are only two reasons the police want to interview you when they are investigating a crime. They either think you know something about the crime they are investigating or, they think you are involved in the crime. Either way, you are at least a witness, and maybe more than that in the eyes of the police.
Howard Bailey was a cop for 10 years, and a prosecutor for 15 years, and knows that cops do not believe in coincidence. So if you are involved in their investigation, you are a potential suspect. When you couple that with the fact that ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU in court, you should understand what the ramifications are of you talking to the police before you say anything.
The Cops Do Not Have to Give You Your Miranda Rights
Even if you think you have nothing to hide, that you did nothing wrong, you have rights – including the right to counsel, and the right to remain silent. You do not know what the cops have discovered or believe from their investigation. If they believe that a crime has been committed and that you are somehow involved, what you say can be used to decide whether to charge you with a crime. Unless you are actually in custody when you are being questioned, the cops do not have to give you your Miranda rights. If you say something that makes the cops think that you are involved in what they are investigating, they do not have to tell you. And if you deny being involved, or knowing anything about their investigation, they do not have to believe you.
What Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do That You Cannot?
What an experienced criminal trial attorney can do is evaluate what the benefit is to you saying anything to the cops. What the lawyer says cannot be used against you, or against anyone else. If you are contacted by the police and asked to come in for an interview, discuss the situation with Howard Bailey by calling 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.