You need to consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area ASAP. Do not go to talk to the police without counsel present. Have them contact the police, cancel the meeting and reschedule (if at all) AFTER talking with an attorney.
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No. The public defender wont get involved until a case is filed. You would have to hire an attorney. No you aren't under any obligation to meet with them, so don't. The less you say the better. If they file a a case against you, consult with an attorney then.
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You do not need to keep any appointment you have made with the police for questioning. These "informational" meetings are always deceptively arranged to set you up. Keep your mouth shut. If you get arrested or charged ask for the public defender. Under no circumstances should you make voluntary statements to the police.
Why does Thanksgiving prevent you from hiring an attorney? Are you going out on black friday to spend all of your money on presents for people?
You should re-evaluate your priorities. Speaking to the police is never helpful. Cops twist up words and will try to trick you into making false admissions. Your only hope is to have an attorney.
Instead of spending your money at the local Wally World for Xmas - you should hire an attorney.
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No. You are under absolutely no obligation to talk to the police. And, you should not do so. If the police question you, say "I want to speak to an attorney. I refuse to answer any questions without an attorney present." If the police pester you or say/imply that you must answer, ask if you are under arrest. If they say no, say that you would like to leave. if they refuse to let you, repeat I want to speak to an attorney. I refuse to answer any questions without an attorney present."
Although the public defender may not get involved until you get arrested, most private criminal defense attorneys will give you a free initial consultation. Feel free to contact my office if you would like one.
You cannot be compelled to talk to the police and they cannot punish you for refusing to do so as it is a constitutional right. A PD is not going to get involved in your particular case b/c you are not charged w/an offense at the moment so you would not even qualify for screening purposes. This does not mean that the police cannot and will not charge you with a crime.