What your son needs is a criminal defense attorney and not to go to the interview with the police. Anything he says there can be used against him, possibly in bringing serious criminal charges. He has a right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment and needs to stick to that right.
You don't "need" a lawyer, but I strongly suggest you retain one to go to the interview and ensure that your son isn't coerced into confessing or into making any incriminating admission. You can probably have a lawyer attend the interview with your son (and meet with him before hand) for $200-$500 and it is money well spent. Most lawyers offer free consultations. Also, you want to contact an attorney right away if the meeting is in a couple of days because it may be hard to find a lawyer on short notice. Good luck.
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Retain a criminal defense lawyer. Something brought this to the Police Department's attention.
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Absolutely meet with and retain an attorney in advance of this meeting. You should be reluctant to meet with the police for the exact reasons that you have already stated. Either way there is no obligation to meet with the police and/or social services if you don't want to.
Peter W. Green, Esq.
55 Main Street
Goshen, New York 10924
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.