Should I talk to a Lehigh Valley Police Officer or Prosecutor without an Attorney Present?

This information is provided by Andrew Theyken Legal, for educational reference only.  Always contact an attorney about your legal issues.

The Answer is No

Many times in law, the answer to a question is it depends. However,  this is one case where the answer is simple.  No. Under no circumstance should you talk to a police officer or a district attorney without an attorney present.

Many of us are taught at a young age that the police are our friends, and, in many cases, this is true. However, when the police are conducting a criminal investigation, the last thing that you want to do is to  give the police evidence, that they may later use to incriminate you.

The Police are Permitted to Lie and Deceive you

In our country, the Supreme Court has determined that when the police are conducting a criminal investigation, they are free to lie and try to deceive you as to their real purposes. Because of this, during investigations, the police often appear to be your friend and  suggest that by you working with them, they may be able to help you.

The real truth is that oftentimes the police have very little actual evidence against you, however they are not required to disclose this fact to you. What happens then is that by talking to the police, you are supplying them with the rope that they will later use to hang you in court. Don't do this.

You are Going to Hang Yourself

 

“In more than 25% of cases later confirmed by DNA that the defendant could not have committed the crime, that defendant wrongly admitted to the crime under questioning by the police.”
— The Innocence Project

Think you are smarter than the police officer sitting across from you?  You may very well be right, but smarts have nothing to do with it.  You are going to be nervous and emotional and you are going to make a mistake.  Police officers conduct criminal investigations day in and day out.  However they portray it, the police are mostly just bored by having to interview you.  You on the other hand are going to be more scared and more emotional and likely more angry than you've ever been in your life.  This is why, as the quote indicates above, people wrongly admit to committing a crime under police questioning when DNA evidence later proves that they could not have committed the crime.

In my experience, in over 75% of cases, it is a defendant's own statements to the police which is later the key piece of evidence used to try and convict the defendant at trial. Don't be one of these 75% of cases. Just don't talk to the police.

It Can't Hurt staying silent

Whats the worst thing that can happen if you refuse to talk to the police?  Nothing, since the District Attorney is not permitted to use your silence against you.

You Need Attorney Bench's Help

If you find yourself in the position of needing to talk to the police, simply tell them in clear English that you refuse to talk to them without an attorney present.  Say nothing else.  Seriously, nothing.  After that, you need to contact Andrew immediately---only he is qualified to deal with the police and district attorney in a way that will not hurt you.

 

Want more convincing, watch this great video about why you should never talk to the police.