If I understand the scenario, this would be a blatant violation of his Constitutional Rights. Please call at your earliest convenience to discuss in greater detail.
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First things first, one never agrees to "come in for questioning" to the police station for any reason without a professional counsel.
Secondly, the U.S. Constitution (its Sixth Amendment to be exact) expressly codifies the right of any person to counsel at such stage of criminal inquiry.
And, finally, if anyone is told that a legal counsel cannot be present is completely legally incorrect and misleading. Do not listen to non attorneys. Retain a criminal attorney at once in New Jersey.
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You have a constitutional right to have an attorney present when being questioned and a right not to answer any of the questions by police. Violating this right does not invalidate an arrest; however a motion should be made by your defense attorney to throw out any statements that were taken by the police in violation of this right.
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If he requests an attorney they cannot question him without one even later. They can arrest him though if they have probable cause and they can ask the Judge for a high bail. That usually is the trade off for asserting your constitutional rights.
Sounds like a bit of "permissive deception" (kind of like acceptable fibbing) by the police. If the person volunteers for questioning--they dont have to mirandize this person, i.e. read them his/her rights. However, if the person 'invokes' the right to counsel, i.e. states that he is unwilling to speak absent counsel in the police's presence, the police must cease questioning or they will be in violation of the 5th and 6th amendments to the Consttution. This gets more complicated if they seek the person but don't wish to use any of the information against that person but another!! Sounds like they are cleverly playing between the lines by indicating before the person appears that they don't want anyone present with him/her. In order to protect themselves, the person should seek counsel before submitting to any questioning whatsoever.