Do not call the police. If there is an investigation, hire an attorney. Do not speak w/the police under any circumstances. If they contact you, say nothing.
They may investigate and will arrest whether you speak to them or not.
I would also avoid making any more direct contact with the agency. Anything you say to them could hurt you going forward.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo, LLP
President, Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County
1103 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
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I would retain an attorney to contact the police precinct in question. Since the website has a central complaint number it is clear the police were contacted and some type paperwork was generated by the police. The question is did the police in response to being contacted create an criminal complaint in which there may be warrant for your arrest or was a less serious incident report filed. An incident report is claim by one party that an incident has occurred but which the police are not going to follow up upon. If there is an arrest warrant an attorney will make arrangements for you to surrender yourself and it will factor into your ability to get released with the need to post bail. The reason why you should not contact the police precinct youself is because anything statement you make to the police may be recorded any used against your. Even statements that you may think are minor such as times places and dates may be used against you. This may be something that is not a being deal but in an era in which people are often accused of crimes in these types of situation it may be a big deal and you will want all your rights protected.
I would not suggest speaking to the police on your own. If possible, you should retain a criminal defense attorney to interface with the police. If you just sit back and wait there is the possibility that you will be arrested. I'd the police contact you by phone and say that they would like to speak to you in the precinct there is a good chance you will be arrested. If you decide to call the police on your own do not discuss the case at all! You do not want to make statements without the advice of counsel. Good luck!
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You have a 5th Amendment right not to speak to the police. I strongly urge you to exercise that right. It is possible that the police do not have enough evidence to arrest you at this moment and any interaction with the police could help them build a case against you.
It is typical that the police will call you and ask you to come down to the precinct to "hear your side of the story". They are not trying to help you and will NOT let you talk your way out of being arrested. They are merely trying to build a stronger case against you by getting you to admit any details that corroborate the complaint against you. It is usually the case that they have already made up their mind to arrest you before you step foot in the precinct.
Moreover, the police will not record your discussion so it is entirely possible that the police will claim you said something that you did not say. You would not believe the number of clients who have told me that the police altered their statements or fabricated them altogether. The only way to guarantee that doesn't happen is to have an attorney speaking on your behalf during the investigation stage.
Once you hire an attorney, they can quickly find out the status of the investigation, whether the police want to question or arrest you and in the unfortunate circumstance where you will be arrested, the attorney can arrange a mutually convenient time for your voluntary surrender that will minimize your time spent in the system. This will also prevent the unpleasantness of the police showing up to your home or place of business and dragging you away in handcuffs.
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Some of the details here appear "fishy" but...if I was you, I would retain an attorney to explore this situation.
Why haven't you heard from the police? When did this alleged assault take place? You are entitled to know date, place, time and who your accuser is. This is still America, last time I checked.
If the police do want you, an attorney can bring you to them and, if necessary, arrange a voluntary surrender. But perhaps the allegations seem flimsy even to the cops.
You can contact the police officer on your own but I would not do that.
This might be a case going nowhere fast but you obviously need more info.
Michael Marley, phone 917 853 4484
Law Office Of Michael Marley