No matter how cool of a customer you may be, talking with the police is a high-pressure situation. And that pressure can seem even more intense when the police start asking you questions. Your natural inclination may be to answer those questions but you may also have a sense that maybe that is not the best thing to do.
In this case, it’s likely that you find yourself unsure of how to proceed. You don’t want to get in trouble for not answering a police officer’s questions but you also don’t want to get in trouble because you answered a police officer’s questions.
Let us make things simple. If the police want to talk with you, you can give them your name and your identification. Beyond that, you should not talk with them until your lawyer is by your side.
Why a Lawyer Is So Important When Speaking with Police
The police have a significant advantage when they talk with you because they likely know things you don’t know. They may ask you a question that seems innocent enough but puts you at risk of incriminating yourself. They may try to blur the line between a simple conversation versus taking you into custody, so you may be confused about your status. Even if you are completely innocent of any wrongdoing, answering questions posed by police officers is always tricky business.
That’s why you want a lawyer on hand who can advise you if the questioning starts to go in directions that suggest you might be a suspect. Even if you are supposedly just talking to the police as a witness, it is important to have an attorney present to protect your interests.
If You Hear From the Police Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys
The attorneys Flaherty & Merrifield Criminal Defense know all of the ways the police might try to get you to say something (or even admit to something) that might not be in your best interest. If the police have talked with or have indicated that they want to talk with you, your next move should be to call us. We can help ensure your conversations with the police go smoothly and that the officers don’t try to lull you into a false sense of security. Contact us today.
Contact an Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in Okaloosa County, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation.