I see all these stories about teachers or cops being suspended because they are under criminal investigation though no charges have been filed and the crimes they are suspected of committing did not take place at their employment.
Is it law that law enforcement has to contact a suspect's employer and if not, under what circumstances can they do it and how often does it occur?
Actually I've seen this happen with one of my teacher clients. When asked during booking where she worked she unfortunately told the officer the address and name of the school! I don't believe her employer would have been notified if she simply said politely, I do not want to answer any questions without an attorney present. Cops will try to screw you when you don't even think you are saying anything incriminating or harmful. So my advice is always keep one's mouth shut and after providing your identification and required paperwork such as registration and insurance, don't volunteer any other information...ever.
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Depends on the nature of your employment and the allegations being investigated.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--20 years experience
It would be dependent upon the nature of the suspect's employment and what type of criminal investigation is involved.
Depends on the employment situation and the matter of the charges. If you don't lawyer up quickly then at some point it is more likely to happen. Before spending any additional time on the Internet, you could benefit from meeting with an attorney to discuss specific facts in an attorney-client privilege environment, which the Internet is not. Even if you decide not to hire the attorney the consultation with him or her could help you to understand the issues and your options. Many reputable attorneys offer a free consultation. I wish you the best.
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The answer really depends on many factors. The short answer is that the police usually do not go out of their way to inform employers that a person has been arrested. However, if you have a professional license (doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, therapist, contractor, etc.) it is possible your licensing board will be notified and you will need to comply with your professional licensing requirements, which often require you to self-report any arrest (even if you are not convicted) along with an explanation of what happened. You should consult with a criminal attorney and possibly a professional licensing attorney before answering such questions.
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