Police interrogations can be unpleasant experiences, and as a result most people just want them to be over as soon as possible. However, you should know that you have rights during an interrogation and that giving the cops what you think they want can backfire on you. Your first priority should be protecting yourself. A Clarkstown criminal defense attorney from our firm can help you do that.
Should I Answer Questions During Police Interrogations?
Many people who think that they have done nothing wrong think that they should simply answer questions during a police interrogation. This can cause problems though. The cops may be able to twist your words and use them as evidence against you. They could, for example, ask you where you were a few nights ago and then show how your answer puts you close to a crime scene. You are confident that you did not do anything wrong and that this information is safe to give up, but now it is being used to link you to a crime.
Can You Have a Lawyer During Police Interrogations?
You have the right to an attorney when you are being questioned. Trying to handle police interrogations on your own is almost always a mistake. The only person you should be sharing any information with is your defense attorney.
A lawyer can help you evaluate the situation and figure out what the police are looking for. They can help you answer questions without incriminating yourself. Going it alone here can be dangerous because serious punishments are a possibility. If you are charged with a crime you could be facing penalties like fines, probation, or even jail time.
Will the Police Lie During Interrogations?
Unfortunately, another thing that you have to worry about is the honesty of the cops interviewing you. There is no law that says that they have to be truthful during police interrogations. That means that they may lie to you in an effort to get information out of you. They might tell you that they already have evidence against you or that a witness identified you. Nothing prevents them from doing this, and this can trip up even the most prepared interviewee.
That is why you should have a lawyer. A seasoned criminal defense attorney can help you see through any lies and protect yourself from self-incrimination.
Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If the cops want to speak to you, do the smart thing and speak to them through an attorney. Contact the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway and schedule a consultation with our team. Tell us a bit more about what is going on, and we will do everything that we can to help you protect yourself and your rights.