Why You Should Never Talk to the Police Without Your Lawyer Present

 Posted on March 16, 2023 in Uncategorized

As a criminal-defense lawyer, one of the most common mistakes I see people make is talking to the police without their lawyer present. I get it-you want to cooperate and clear your name, but unfortunately, that's not always the best strategy.

Here's the reality: the police are not your friends. They are trained to gather evidence and build a case against you. Even if you're innocent, anything you say can be twisted and used against you. That's why it's crucial to exercise your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.

If the police want to talk to you, politely decline and tell them you want to speak to your lawyer first. This is not an admission of guilt – it's simply a smart legal strategy. Your lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that your rights are protected.

Now, you might be thinking: "But what if I have nothing to hide? Shouldn't I just tell the truth?" The problem is, the truth can be subjective. Even if you think you're being honest, the police might interpret your words differently or take them out of context. Plus, the more you talk, the more opportunities there are to make mistakes or contradict yourself.

On the other hand, if you remain silent and wait for your lawyer, you're in a much stronger position. Your lawyer can advise you on what to say (or not say) and help you avoid incriminating yourself. Plus, if you're facing a criminal charge, your lawyer can negotiate with the prosecution and potentially get you a better plea deal or even have the charges dismissed.

In short, talking to the police without your lawyer present is a risky move that can have serious consequences. Don't take the chance – exercise your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. It could be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

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