Has a law enforcement officer come by your house? Have the police left a card at your residence. Have you heard the police want to question or talk to you? A police visit can cause anxiety. This is particularly true if you have recently had a domestic violence issue with a spouse or girlfriend. If for some reason you suspect they are investigating a hit and run, and you are a potential suspect, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Many people think they can talk themselves out of a problem and agree to be questioned by the police.
Generally, nothing good comes of trying to talk yourself out of a problem or an arrest.
As a practicing criminal lawyer for over thirty years, I assure you, keeping your mouth shut is in your best interest. So many times, in defending criminal cases in both Manatee and Sarasota, I find the most devastating evidence is an admission by my client. You have a right to remain silent. Exercise that right. You are under no obligation to talk to the police. If they advise you of your rights, “they read you your rights”, the only words out of your mouth should be “I want to talk to a lawyer”. That does not mean you are guilty, that only means you are smart.
When the police contact you and you are a suspect in a crime, they are trying to get some type of admission out of you. It may be an admission that you were driving. It may be an admission that you were in a car or at a particular residence or business, or that you are the person they are looking for. Admissions come back to haunt you later on in criminal cases. It costs nothing to call a lawyer like myself for advice. I don’t charge for free confidential consultations. “Keep your mouth shut” may be the best advice I have ever given anyone. This is particularly true if you are under investigation for a sex crime,child abuse, domestic battery or a white collar crime like fraud or embezzlement. Your admission may provide the missing link for their investigation. It may be exactly what they need to prosecute you.
There is nothing wrong with invoking the “Fifth Amendment”. Taking the “Fifth” may be the best thing for you. It is not an admission of guilt. It is a constitutional right. If in doubt and you want to get a second opinion, Call today in Sarasota and Manatee at 941 366 3506 or Lee and Charlotte at 239-334-8890 for a free consultation.