What to Do - and Not to Do - When Being Investigated by the Police
Approximately once a week, I get a call from a client saying something like this: "A police officer wants to talk to me about a matter he or she is investigating. Should I talk to the officer?" My answer is always unequivocally "No!"
You don't have the right to know what the officer is investigating.If a police officer is investigating you, then you have a Constitutional right to deal with that police officer through a lawyer chosen and retained by you. But you do not have a right to know what he is investigating. Even though you may have nothing to hide, you could say things that arouse suspicions in the police officer. An attorney will be able to talk to the police officer in accordance with the law and find out why you are of interest to the police.
You don't know what evidence that officer has already collected during the investigation.A police officer could ask you questions based on information he has already collected. He is not required to let you know what that evidence is.
You don't know what laws the officer thinks you may have broken.Not every citizen is expected to know the details of all the laws. Sometimes you may be of interest to the police, but you may not even know why or what laws they think you have violated.
Everything you say can and WILL be used against you in a court of law.A skillful and experienced attorney can deal with the officer on your behalf to make sure that your Constitutional rights are protected in the investigation and to ensure that you don't accidentally forfeit any of those rights.