Police contacted me about an incident that happened at previous job concerning theft.
Do I have to talk to them and can they put a warrant out for my arrest? How long can I wait to talk to them so that I can retain an attorney. I do not have a lot of money to spend on an attorney. Please advise me on what to do. I cannot afford much as I am the only source of income for my family.
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My opinion is to never give a statement until you have consulted an attorney. You should have an attorney with you if you do give a statement. That way they can advise you when to stop
As a board certified criminal defense attorney in Lubbock Texas I would advise you to not talk with the police and tell you have talked with an attorney.
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Remember rule 1....The police is not your friend. Let your attorney do the talking for you. Unless you want to talk from behind bars,
As has already been mentioned, do NOT talk to the police. More than likely, they want you to make their job easier by getting your own words confirming you did it. Even if you didn't do it, they can sectively use your words to show guilt. They will lie to get you to say what they want. Even if you do not have much money, call around to different attorneys. Many offer a free consultation. Some may offer a payment plan that you may be able to do if you have enough time to pay it. If you wait until later, you will not have so much time. You will have the peace of mind that you have an attorney fighting for you once you hire someone. Good luck!
My response is to a question or questions that were set out in probably several sentences. Criminal law is complex and applying it to fact situations is also complex. My response is a general application of the knowledge I have to, at best, a skechy set of facts. You may, inadvertently, be omitting a very important fact or issue that affects a proper legal analysis. Ultimately, my advice is to contact a lawyer in person and talk to her or him about your issues.
As everyone has already said, you should not talk to the police without an attorney present. The cops never "just want to talk." If you are officially charged with theft, that is when a warrant would go out for your arrest. At that time, you would be entitled to a court appointed attorney if you cannot afford one. If you are worried that there may be a warrant out for your arrest, I would recommend contacting a local bonding company as they should have access to that information.