If police suspect you may have been involved in a crime, they may contact you and ask to talk. They may even ask you to take a polygraph or a lie detector test. While the police may make it sound like they are trying to clear things up by giving you a chance to explain the situation, you should be extremely wary. Anything you say can be used against you.
What Should You Do?
Above all else, get legal counsel before talking to the police. If you meet with them, do it with a criminal defense attorney by your side. It’s your right. Exercise it.
Here are a few reasons why you should never talk to police without legal advice:
- The police may pretend to have evidence they don’t have.
- They could twist your statements to mean things you never intended.
- If you change any detail of your story later, they will accuse you of lying.
- Your statements could offer the police new evidence they would never have had otherwise.
- Your statements could give police the probable cause they need to arrest you.
If police intend to charge you with a crime, nothing you say will cause them to change their minds. If the police had enough evidence to charge you with a crime, they would. In fact, by talking to police, it is vastly more likely that you will accidentally incriminate yourself. This is quite common in sex crime cases, but it can apply to all criminal cases.
Talk To An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Here at Goodwin Como, P.C., in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, we work hard to protect your rights, including the right to be presumed innocent.