Why You Should Only Talk with Your Criminal Attorney Present

You see it all the time on TV crime shows: you should only talk with your criminal attorney present. And yet, when people are arrested in real life, they forget all about what they’re supposed to do and they start giving out more information than they need to.

Remember You Have a Right to an Attorney

You need to remember that you have a right to an attorney. You have a right to a phone call. If you can get your own Fresno criminal attorney, that’s great. Give them a call and ask them to get there asap. If not, then at least ask for an attorney to be appointed to you.

And don’t speak to anyone until you’ve had a chance to confer with your attorney. They’re the only one who’s going to look out for your best interests.

Why Should You Wait for Your Attorney to Get There?

Not all policemen are out to get you. However, it is in their best interests to get a conviction and to get it fast. If they can get you to confess to the crime, they’ll have a very strong case. And they may say a number of things to get you to confess.

  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: There’s the whole good cop/bad cop routine in which one policeman may appear threatening and menacing while the other appears goodhearted. The idea is to make you so afraid of what’s going to happen to you that when you see someone who seems to understand what you’re going through, you spill the beans.
  • Separation:Another way that policemen might get you to talk is by separating you from the other people who were present at the scene of the crime. They might tell you that the other person is blaming you in order to get you to tell them everything that really happened.

Remember that you don’t need to succumb to these tactics. Wait it out until your attorney gets there. Give out only as much information as necessary.

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Michael Mitchell is an attorney who practices in the areas of DUI & criminal law and founder of the Mitchell Law Group.  He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense.Visit his website at www.fresnoscriminallawyer.com.