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Handcuff Picture | Questioned by the Police | Q&A with Greg Klebanoff, Attorney at Law

Jun 26, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Q&A

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Question: I am stoped or investigated by police regarding involvement in a crime. What should I do?

In case the police suspect you of a crime, it is essential to understand that they are not your allies. Although they may seem friendly, their job is to gather information that can be used against you in court. It is unwise to believe that you can talk your way out of trouble with the police. If you are suspected of a crime, follow these steps:

1. Always remember that you have the right to remain silent. Even though the police may lie to you, anything you say can be used against you in court. Therefore, it is best to remain completely silent.

2. If questioned, only state that you refuse to answer any questions and ask for an attorney. Repeat this as many times as needed.

3. Never allow the police to search your vehicle, property, or person. This will only make it easier for them to build a case against you. Despite your intentions, allowing a search can only harm you and never help.

4. If requested to go to the police station for questioning or a polygraph test, decline.

5. If arrested, cooperate peacefully and avoid discussing your case with anyone except your lawyer.

6. Prioritize hiring a lawyer over a bail bondsman. While a bondsman can provide temporary freedom, a lawyer may be able to secure permanent freedom for you.

It’s also a good idea to watch a lecture about never talking to the police, like this one from Regent Law Professor, James Duane: https://youtu.be/d-7o9xYp7eE

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