/ 11.21.23

Talking to the Police

Written by: Doug Ridley

Why You Should Retain a Lawyer Before Talking to the Police

Prior to custodial interrogation, an officer is required to read you your Miranda rights. If you are taken into custody, you will be informed that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. It is important that you exercise these rights and ask to speak with an attorney immediately. What you say can hurt your case and may be used to incriminate you.

At Ridley Defense, we know that you may be eager to tell your side of the story, but you need to be careful when you are speaking to a police officer. It is in your best interest to remain silent and exercise your right to an attorney. If you have been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, contact our office at (805) 208-1866 to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

Should I Talk to the Police Without an Attorney?

It is always advisable to consult with an attorney prior to speaking with the police. When people talk to police without legal counsel, they may answer questions in an incriminating manner. In many cases, they do not even realize that what they are saying could hurt their case. Many people are also nervous when they are being questioned. While you may be doing your best to answer the officer’s questions, your nerves may be seen as being evasive.

If you are not honest with the police and it is discovered, you could face additional penalties under the law. Making false statements to police officers while they are performing their official duties is a crime within itself. To avoid these and other consequences, you should retain an attorney as early in the process as possible.

Do I Have to Answer an Officer’s Questions?

You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right until you have retained an attorney. An attorney can advise you on how to proceed if you are being investigated for a crime. However, it is important to note that you do not have the right to impede an officer’s investigation. You cannot make false statements or attempt to obstruct them. 

Always be respectful in any interaction with law enforcement. You should not make any threatening statements or gestures. Be courteous and ask for an attorney if you are being taken into custody. Knowing your rights is critical. Remember, you have the right to speak to an attorney before you answer an officer’s questions.

What If I Talk to the Police Without an Attorney?

What you say can and will be used against you. You cannot be punished for refusing to answer an officer’s questions, but you can face additional penalties for lying to an officer. You have the right to ask for a lawyer at any time. Even if you started answering questions, you can stop and exercise your right to legal counsel.

Arrested for a Crime in Southern California? Contact Our Office.

Were you or a loved one arrested for a crime in Southern California? Contact our office at (805) 208-1866 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Early intervention is often essential in criminal cases. Before you speak with law enforcement, call our office to speak directly with a member of our legal team. 

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