Police Investigations and You
Written By Harper & Harper
When a detective calls you, stops by your home or work, or asks you to come in to the station for an interview, you might be under investigation. No matter who you are, being investigated by police is concerning. What should you do?
Your first instinct might be to help. After all, what will the police think if you don’t speak? Won’t that make you look guilty? Perhaps you think you can explain yourself out of being investigated. You may want to appear honest and cooperative, especially because you are anxious about being questioned. Unfortunately, speaking with the police doesn’t stop you from being investigated. Since you are already being investigated, your words and actions can be twisted, misunderstood, and held against you.
Should you speak to police?
It is widely known that it is our right to remain silent. This is one of our most important rights as citizens because it allows us to seek counsel. Lawyers are on your side and can help you through the unfamiliar legal process. Experienced lawyers, like Harper & Harper, are concerned about your best interest and you will need that if you are being investigated.
Even if you have the best of intentions by speaking to the police, you might incriminate yourself. After an interview, you could be arrested on the spot. Even if you are already arrested and you can’t leave, you don’t have to speak until you’ve sought legal help. It’s advisable to consult your lawyers at Harper & Harper before speaking with the police. Not speaking does not mean you are guilty and it does not mean you don’t want to help them.
Things to remember:
- Politely decline an interview.
- If investigators press questions after you declined and asked to consult a lawyer, you should remain silent.
- You can record any police interaction with your phone.
- Call Harper & Harper right away at 219-762-9538.