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What to do if the police call you about a criminal inquiry

You need to know what to do if the police call you!

Knowing what to do if the police call you could keep you out of jail.

If the police call you, stop by your residence or place of work, or even leave a card to call them in regards to a criminal complaint or allegation, it can be nerve-wracking. Most people feel a need or are compelled to discuss the situation with the police on their own which is a huge mistake.

If the police call you or come to your house, do not take matters into your own hands.

Often, people in these situations analyze these scenarios and actually believe that by telling the police that they would like their criminal lawyer present it makes them appear or look guilty. In addition, these individuals often want to “speak for themselves” and believe that they are their own best advocate and can influence the police’s decisions based on their own words and strong opinion of the situation. People who do this are not “playing the odds” and maximizing their own protection. This is not what’s really best for them.

The key phrase here is “maximizing” the best possible outcome in regards to dealing with the police. First, as we all know from television, the movies, and what we learn in school that “anything you say can be held against you i a court of law.” That statement rings true. Often by just saying you were at a certain location or event at a certain time can be held against you even when you are 100 percent innocent. In order to maximize the situation it’s best to say nothing except for this one key phrase.

Officer I certainly respect your position and your job, however I have a lawyer presently, and that attorney has directed me to not speak at all about the case unless he/she is present. Those are the directions from my lawyer.

Why is this the best way to handle this situation?

First, and most importantly you have not incriminated yourself in any way. Second, you have not given up any information that somehow could be used against you. Moreover, you have been respectful to the police, and have emphasized that you have legal counsel and that the criminal lawyer has directed you to not discuss anything without the lawyer being present .

Here, you also don’t come off as the guilty silent person who is cast by law enforcement as guilty and hiding behind his lawyer. In the alternative, you are actually cooperating with them and actually inferring that you may even discuss the facts of the case when your lawyer is present and have not shut the door in connection to speaking to them about the case or investigation.

This strategy in dealing with law enforcement is so effective because it takes the ball away from them and gets them off aggressive questioning and skillful manipulation that they are trained to do when conducting criminal investigations in order to generate leads and make arrests.

In this situation, if the police call you or come to your place of business, you actually become a voice of reason and maximize your chance of not being arrested.

For a free consultation and immediate assistance call my direct line at 631-885-4294. This number will dial my cell phone directly and I will be available for instant council. The best person to have on your side in a tough situation is a great legal council. With me you have the best so call now.

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