If you have been involved in an incident involving law enforcement, then chances are you will be approached by the police to give a statement. The question is, should you do so? By speaking with the police are you potentially damaging your chances of a fair trial? What are your rights?
This is a time when it is very useful to gain consult from a criminal attorney in Miami. If you explain your situation to one of our criminal defense attorneys, then they can advise you on your particular case and let you know what the best way to proceed is – both from a moral perspective and in terms of your own chances of a successful defense.
In lieu of the opportunity to speak with a Miami criminal defense attorney directly, the next best thing is to follow the advice in this post…
What to do if You’re Invited to Come Down to the Station?
If you are invited to come down to the station to clear things up, or if you’re invited to get in touch and give a statement, then what should you do?
While every case is different, the advice that we usually give is to avoid speaking to the police unless you are left with no choice. Here is why.
When the police invite you to engage in a discussion, that normally means they want information from you they do not already have. They may not have enough at this point to prosecute, but they may be hoping to bridge that gap in an interview with you.
Even if you are completely innocent in this particular case, it can be very difficult for you to talk yourself out of being arrested. Unfortunately, many officers will take the approach of ‘arrest now and sort out the details later.’ In fact, this makes perfect sense seeing as they’d rather not let a potential criminal back out onto the street.
Whether or not that’s a good idea, it certainly doesn’t help you when it comes to getting a fair trial and potentially getting yourself out of a bad situation.
What to Expect
So, what should you expect if you ignore the advice of a criminal attorney in Miami and go ahead to be interviewed? Well, the first thing you might find is that you are actually misled about witnesses and evidence. The police are perfectly within their legal rights (whether you think this is right or wrong) to do this and it’s a method they can use to try and trip you up. In other words, they might tell you that they have contrary evidence or reports and then see if that causes you to change your own story!
Detectives are typically highly trained in interviewing techniques designed to elicit confessions through the leveraging of emotion. They might lead you into a confession by having you believe that confessing is the best way to get minimal criminal charges. They might attempt to get you to make a mistake by harassment. This has sometimes been known to cause innocent people to confess – which makes it much, much harder for a criminal attorney in Miami to do its job.
This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you will be invited to give a statement simply to help the police collect evidence. But are you really willing to take the chance? If you use a lawyer, then you can ensure that your rights are respected, and you can get the guidance necessary to ensure you don’t accidentally admit to a crime you didn’t commit, or that you don’t say anything that could result in your criminal exposure being increased.
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