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When the police want to chat, you most likely won't be coming home from the precinct that day. You are going to be arrested.

No, you can't talk them out of it. The police have already made their decision. No, they won't listen to your side of the story and change their minds. The other side already convinced them to arrest you. No, they don't care that you would never do something like that. That you have a good job. That you're college educated. That you support your elderly parents, your five kids and your wife. The police don't care that you're a really nice guy. They don't even care that you weren't even there. One of our clients had an airtight alibi: two witnesses, cell phone records, the works. He wasn't anywhere near the scene of the crime. Guess what? He still got arrested. The Detective said he had probable cause.

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But don't take my word for it. Call that Detective with the business card and ask him what's going on.

Why? Because your lawyer can call the Detective and find out what's going on. The police will usually talk to us. We can find out if they are planning to arrest you or if you really are just a witness. We can find out if they really want to "hear your side of the story" or if that was just a lame ruse to get you to turn yourself in. Your lawyer can sit with you and the police when you're being interviewed. Your lawyer can tell you what questions to answer and what questions not to answer (in other words, when to shut up). Realize this: If you're not the victim of a crime, the police are not here to help you. And the law says that they can lie to you. As much as they want. If it gets you to confess. So, if you're not the victim of a crime, if the police ask you to come in to chat, you can't trust a thing they say. The police are very good at using what you say against you. By instinct, most people want to please the police when they talk to them, which often makes them say things the

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And who should go with you to see the police? Your lawyer.

Why? Because your lawyer can call the Detective and find out what's going on. The police will usually talk to us. We can find out if they are planning to arrest you or if you really are just a witness. We can find out if they really want to "hear your side of the story" or if that was just a lame ruse to get you to turn yourself in. Your lawyer can sit with you and the police when you're being interviewed. Your lawyer can tell you what questions to answer and what questions not to answer (in other words, when to shut up).