Why Should I Hire A Lawyer Before Speaking With The Police?
Speaking with a police officer can be intimidating even when you know that you aren’t guilty of a crime. It’s no surprise that many people worry when the police want to ask them questions about an ongoing investigation or criminal case. Unfortunately, there are cases where innocent suspects end up behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit. This is why we recommend hiring a lawyer to accompany you when answering questions from the police. Continue reading to learn how our knowledgeable law firm may be able to help you. Feel free to reach out to a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney who can provide individualized legal counseling.
SHOULD I CONTACT A LAWYER BEFORE I SPEAK TO THE POLICE?
If law enforcement officers ever ask to question you about a criminal case or ongoing investigation, you should definitely contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Remember that police officers are legally allowed to lie to you in the interrogation room. Some interrogators even use manipulation tactics to get information out of suspects. There have even been cases where some police officers intimidate suspects into false confessions. For these reasons, you should use your right to have a lawyer with you during a police interrogation. Your attorney will be aware of the different manipulation tactics that police officers might use and protect you from falling for them.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID SAYING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS?
Anything you say in a police interrogation room could later be held against you in court. Inevitably, it’s important not to mention any information that could possibly incriminate you. Remember that you can always practice your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Also, though the police can lie to you, it’s illegal to knowingly lie to law enforcement officers. You can end up criminally charged if you are caught purposefully giving misinformation to the police during questioning. Don’t worry about seeming suspicious to the police; there’s nothing wrong with using your rights to stay silent in an interrogation. Speak with a lawyer first to determine whether you should answer any of the police’s questions.
Have the police recently asked to interrogate you about a case in New Jersey? If the answer is yes, you might be seeking a criminal defense attorney who can help defend your best interests. Look no further because our highly experienced legal team is on your side every step of the way! Contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today for an initial consultation.