Toombs County, GA criminal attorney Matt Hube wants you to know what to do if you find yourself under police investigation. The things you say and do early in a criminal investigation often can determine the outcome of your case at trial, or during plea bargaining. Lyons, GA criminal attorneys will tell you that remaining silent during police questioning is critical to protecting your rights. Whether you are guilty or innocent of the charges you are under investigation for, you should never talk to the police before talking to an attorney.
Police are well trained in asking questions in a particular way to gather information you may not understand you are communicating to them. Sometimes your silence speaks louder than your words. If you are actively engaging in conversation with the police and then suddenly quit talking to them after they ask you critical questions, your silence may indicate to them that you are guilty, or have something to hide. While that silence is usually not enough to find you guilty to a crime, it can be a strong indicator to the police and your jury that you are guilty. It is better to not answer any questions, than to answer selective questions.
Lying is a no-no
While you have the right to not speak to the police, you do not have the right to lie to them. Lying to the police will likely result in additional charges. An old adage says “the cover-up can be worse than the crime.” This is certainly true when you make statements to the police that you know are untrue or misleading. Sometimes the police will ask you seemingly innocuous questions that they suspect will embarrass you, or make you uncomfortable. The do this to see if you will tell them the truth. These could be questions about marital infidelity, drug use, or any other subject that might embarrass you. While the topic they are asking you about may not be connected to the investigation, if you lie in your responses to such questions, your lies may be admitted against you in court to show that you have a propensity to lie or mislead.
Good cop, Bad cop works
Cops in television shows like to play good cop, bad cop when questioning suspects. One officer will seem overly aggressive and accusatory, while one will step in and befriend you. The cops in these shows do this because real cops do it all the time with great success. During times of stress we all look for an advocate or friend; someone who will walk through the stressful times with us. While the bad cop will add stress to your situation, the good cop will step in and comfort you, maybe give you a soda, or let you smoke a cigarette. So long as you continue cooperating, the good cop will seemingly keep the bad cop off your back, and give you favor. Don’t fall for this.
What to do
As soon as you are approached by the police you should contact Toombs County, GA criminal attorney Matt Hube. After talking with you, Matt will help you decide the best course of action for your particular situation, and will go with you to any police interviews. You should never talk to the police on your own. Doing so may jeopardize your defenses at trial. Contact Lyons, GA criminal attorney Matt Hube right now.