Why You Should Always Have a Lawyer If You Are Speaking to Police
Even if you are completely innocent, you should still have a lawyer by your side any time that you are speaking to the police. Regardless of whether you have been brought in for questioning or are simply giving a statement about an incident, a lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected.
At Maverick Ray & Associates, we know how intimidating it can be to sit through a police interview. We are here to help. Our lawyers will ensure that your rights are not violated and that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself. If you are asked to speak to law enforcement or to conduct a police interview, contact our office at (281) 947-2007 for a free consultation.
Why You Need an Attorney at a Police Interview
You may be surprised to learn that the police can lie to you during an interview. They will employ any number of techniques to get you to confess or tell them what they need to know. Police can also use pressure tactics and other strategies during the interview. Without an attorney, you could easily end up saying something just because you want the interrogation to end.
Reasons people don’t bring a lawyer to an interview with police:
- They think it will make them look guilty;
- They believe that a lawyer cannot help them;
- They assume that since they are innocent, they will be let go; and
- They believe the police will be truthful.
As stated, the police can and will lie to you. You will not look guilty by bringing in a criminal defense attorney; you will look like you are exercising your constitutional right. What you say can and will be used against you. Going in without legal representation could cost you everything, including your freedom.
Strategies Employed by Police During an Interview
If an officer believes that they have the right suspect, they can use a number of deceptive strategies to obtain a confession. It is not unusual for police officers to use intimidation tactics, leading questions, and false statements to get you to say that you committed a crime. While these techniques may seem cruel, they are legal in most states most of the time.
A lawyer can help you understand what the officer is attempting to do in an investigation. They can stop an interview if you need to take a minute. They can caution you against saying something that might be incriminating. An attorney can also put an end to an interrogation that has gone too far.
Are You Being Interviewed by Police? Contact Our Office
If you are being asked to come in for a police interview, contact our office at (281) 947-2007 for a free case evaluation. Let us help you understand your rights. We can determine all of your legal options and provide representation for you throughout all stages of your case.
It is essential to call our office as early in the case as possible. Do not wait until it is too late. Call now to speak directly with an attorney.