A police interrogation can be a stressful situation for any suspect, even if they know that they’re innocent. Some people worry that hiring a lawyer to join you in the interrogation room could make you seem extra suspicious to the police. In reality, it’s always a good idea to use your right of hiring a lawyer because it shows that you know your rights and that you can’t be manipulated. Continue reading this blog to learn more about this topic, or reach out to one of our Hartford County Criminal Defense Attorneys for individualized legal counseling.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HIRE A LAWYER BEFORE TALKING TO A POLICE OFFICER?
If the police ask to question you about a criminal case, you might be a suspect. Even if you aren’t already a suspect, some police officers sometimes use manipulation tactics to get information out of people, which can occasionally lead to false confessions. It’s essential to at least speak with a lawyer before answering any of the police’s questions because you might not realize when an officer is manipulating you. Some people might not even know that the police are legally allowed to lie to suspects in the interrogation room. This is why it’s best to always hire a lawyer to accompany you to questioning. A talented lawyer will know about the different manipulation tactics that the police use and protect you from being lied to.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID TELLING THE POLICE?
In general, you should avoid saying anything that could possibly incriminate you. Remember that you can always practice your Fifth Amendment right to stay silent when the police ask you questions. Anything you say to the police could later be held against you in court, so it is sometimes best to keep quiet even if you know that you haven’t done anything wrong. Also, while the police can legally lie to you, you cannot lie to the cops. If you get caught purposefully giving misinformation to the police, you could face criminal charges. Always speak with a lawyer first to see if it’s a good idea to answer any of the police’s questions.
Have the police recently called you into questioning regarding a criminal case? If the answer is yes, you might be seeking a trustworthy criminal defense attorney who can help you protect your rights. Look no further because our highly experienced legal team is here to fight for you! Contact the Law Office of Marc N. Needelman today for an initial consultation.