police want to question me. What should I do?
The law allows police to use all kinds of methods, including lying, as part of their criminal investigation tactics. For example, the police may tell you that they only want to verify some basic information with you when they actually have identified you as their primary suspect and target of the investigation.
If the police want to talk to you, it is because they think that they will be able to get information and evidence from you which they can use to bring criminal charges. If you choose to speak with the police, you run the risk of giving them evidence or statements that they can turn around and use against you in court. The Constitution provides you with the right to remain silent and protects you against being required to make incriminating statements to the police. This right is so important that it was written into the rule book before our country was even born. Do not give it up!
No matter how friendly the police appear to be, you should politely decline to speak with them and politely tell them that you don’t want to answer any questions without having your attorney present. Ask them for their name and business card, and then call an experienced criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney will be able to speak with the police on your behalf and find out what is going on without jeopardizing your Constitutional rights.
Andrew McAdams is a Utah criminal defense attorney who has practiced on both sides of the courtroom as a defense attorney and long-time felony prosecutor. Andrew is also a former law school professor. He has teamed up with a long-time criminal defense attorney to offer top notch defense representation to clients throughout Utah.
Do not say anything to the police without first consulting a quality criminal defense lawyer. Please call or click here to schedule a free consultation with Andrew McAdams or his team today.