i am now a witness for the state and seeking legal advice on this matter
Family Law Attorney
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You should definitely talk to a lawyer in your area before you testify or talk to the police. A good criminal defense lawyer can advise you on how best to deal with this situation.
This response does not create an attorney client relationship and is offered for informational purposes only. Only a lawyer fully versed on the facts and circumstances of your case can properly advise you on the case. I am licensed to practice in Minnesota, not every state. You should always consult with an attorney licensed in your area on how best to proceed.
Criminal Defense Attorney
You certainly can seek legal advice. Begin by contacting me, or another criminal lawyer, by phone. Witnesses have legal rights. Being a witness can sometimes involve risk of prosecution as well. These can be discussed with a criminal lawyer, based upon the information that you can provide.
Is there a specific question to which you are seeking an answer? As a general matter, being mentioned in a police report does not make you a suspect. However, you may be a witness to either the defense or the state if you have information bear on the circumstances of the arrest or the charges. For example, the defense may wish to speak to you or call you as a witness to testify that the officer did not have grounds to conduct the search or to arrest your friend. I would encourage you to speak to an attorney that focuses his practice on criminal defense.
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