As we enter 2024, there’s an age-old legal question that continues to put the people of Washington in a tough position: Is it ever a good idea to talk to the police during an investigation?
Whether you’re under investigation, know something crucial about a case, or simply wish to vouch for a friend or loved one, it’s important to refrain from talking to the police. Talking with police officers conducting a criminal investigation without an attorney present is bad news waiting to happen.
Innocence aside, the potential risks associated with what might seem like an innocent conversation outweigh any perceived benefit. On the Long Beach Peninsula, there’s a popular saying, “Come on vacation, leave on probation.” To avoid becoming a part of that trope in the New Year, keep reading to understand how to best protect your freedom in this situation.
Won’t I Look Guilty?
A common impulse when accused is to immediately present your side of the story to the authorities. You might feel that by explaining your absence from the scene, your lack of intent, or the accidental nature of the incident, you’ll clear your name. However, your perception of innocence doesn’t always align with how law enforcement or the legal system may view your situation.
The best strategy to safeguard your freedom is to consult an attorney immediately. Competent criminal legal counsel will equip you with the right tools to make sound decisions in any police interaction. Do not worry about your guilt or innocence in the immediate term as those determinations are made over the course of an extended investigation and trial.
What Do I Do If the Police Show Up at My Door?
Facing police questioning can be a daunting and unsettling experience. The unexpected knock on your door leaves you feeling cornered and compelled to share everything you know in hopes of clearing your name. However, this approach is fraught with risks.
Inviting officers into your home, for example, allows them to observe and potentially use anything in your environment as part of their investigation (or even as an entirely separate criminal prosecution). You never know what a guest accidentally left in your home or what might be perceived as suspicious by law enforcement.
The safest course of action is to assert your rights. Inform the police that you are invoking your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney and do not let them inside. Depending on your involvement in the investigation, they may either continue their inquiry elsewhere or arrange a formal discussion in the presence of your legal counsel.
Tell Your Story with NG Law Present
The only circumstance under which you should share your story with the police is when you have an attorney by your side. At NG Law, your story matters. We want to make sure you have the opportunity to properly tell your story and protect your freedom within the law. Contact our team BEFORE you talk to the police about any alleged crime.
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