WHAT SHOULD I DO IF CONTACTED BY THE POLICE?
There are few things more stress-inducing than a phone call or 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. Depending on the circumstances this could be one of the most important moments in your life.
I will make it easy for you:
What Do You Say To Police: Nothing!!
Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you. Anything.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT! USE THAT RIGHT!!!
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
There is one thing you can say to the police: “I would like a lawyer.”
A good criminal defense attorney will be able to ensure that your rights are protected and 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 Spillane & Mrowka, Attorney Frank Spillane starts every criminal case with an initial consultation. In other words, there is no risk and no commitment involved in getting in touch with attorney Spillane. Telling me about your situation and letting me give you our opinion. If ultimately, you are best served by having us represent you, we will take immediate action.
Do not delay – If the police want to speak with you or a family member call 781-344-8500 or email asap [email protected]