NO! If you are being accused of a crime, it is advisable to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible, certainly before speaking with law enforcement officers.
In the mean time, if a law enforcement officer wants to question you, you can invoke your right to remain silent by simply stating “I want to talk to an attorney before answering any questions”, or say “ I am not making any statement” to any questions you are being asked. Just state your name, address, SSN and phone number. Nothing else.
If you thing this doesn’t apply to your case, you are wrong. During my 30 years experience as a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen many cases damaged beyond repair by statements made in good faith and out of good intentions. Police officers will commonly question a person simply to obtain enough evidence against the person to build a case.
Talking to police officers before consulting a lawyer is nearly always a poor decision, even if you are totally innocent. A statement that a private individual may have intended as an innocent explanation will often be viewed by authorities as a confession.
The Police often will lead a suspect to believe that cooperation will be rewarded by leniency, when in reality the police will deny making any such promises… and the judge will usually believe them. Rarely will a police officer stand up for a defendant. In the end, it is the prosecutor and the judge that determine punishment, not the police.
Remember, before making any decision, it is vitally important to get the advice of a criminal defense attorney.
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