The Police Want to Talk to Me... WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?
You have received a phone call from a police detective. They just want to ask you a few questions... they want to hear your side of the story... they want to help you out. What should you do?
1. Be politeIt doesn't matter if you are guilty, completely innocent, or somewhere in between.... BE POLITE to the police officer. They are allowed to collect your biographical information (name, date of birth, address). Politely request the officer's contact information so that you can get in touch with them soon. Do not agree or refuse to provide a statement. Simply request their contact information so that you can be in touch.
2. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediatelyIt doesn't matter what the police officer told you- they want to speak with you for a REASON. Their primary motivation is to investigate and prosecute crimes- they are not in the business of "helping you out." If they have enough information to charge you with a crime, they are going to charge you with a crime. Your statement could potentially make things worse for you. An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you on the best option depending on your circumstances.
3. Learn your rights under Moran v. BurbineWhen my clients decide that they do not wish to speak to the police, I provide them with a "Burbine form," which is a document clearly delineating the assertion of their rights. Additionally, I take over any and all communication with the police and I personally provide the police the Burbine form.
4. Keep a copy of your Burbine form on your person at all times, and give it to the police if you are apprehended.If you and your attorney formulate a plan of action, it's crucial that you follow through with the plan. Your rights are meaningless if you do not assert them.