Getting called into police questioning can be a nerve-wracking scenario even if you know that you’re innocent. Unfortunately, there are situations where police officers suspect the wrong person, and an innocent person ends up in jail. This is why it’s important to always use your right to hire a lawyer when the police interrogate you about a case. Continue reading this blog to learn more information, or reach out to a Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorney for individualized legal counseling.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONTACT A LAWYER BEFORE SPEAKING TO THE POLICE?
If the police want to question you about a criminal case or ongoing investigation, you might already be a suspect. In this scenario, the police might just be looking for any indication you could be guilty. Some people worry that hiring a lawyer to accompany them to the interrogation room will make them seem suspicious to law enforcement. In reality, hiring legal representation shows that you know your rights. Some people might not even know that police officers are legally allowed to lie to them in the interrogation room. In the past, there have been situations where the police have used manipulation and intimidation tactics on suspects which led to false confessions. Innocent people can end up in jail if they’re manipulated by law enforcement during an interrogation. This is why it’s always best to hire a criminal defense lawyer who will be aware of the police’s manipulation tactics. An attorney can protect you if the police attempt to lie to get information out of you.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID TELLING POLICE OFFICERS?
Always remember that you can use your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent if you don’t want to give information to the police for any reason. In an interrogation, you don’t have to answer any questions that you don’t want to. Also, keep in mind that it’s illegal to lie to a police officer, even though the police can legally lie to you in the interrogation room. You could be criminally charged if you’re caught knowingly giving misinformation to law enforcement officers. Always speak with a lawyer first to see if it’s a good idea to share any information with the police.
Have the police recently called you into the station for an interrogation? If so, you might be seeking a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who can help you to protect your best interests. Look no further because our highly experienced legal team is here to fight for you! Contact the Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman today for an initial consultation.