In many cases, a person accused of an offense will receive a phone call from a police officer or investigator asking for a statement related to a crime. Being under investigation can be extremely stressful, but there are things that you can do to minimize the chance that you will be charged with an offense.
Law enforcement will often want you to believe that they are on your side, and just want to “get your side of the story.” The first thing to remember is that law enforcement are not on the side of those under investigation. In an investigation, law enforcement are actively trying to find evidence that a crime took place. Even when a person denies his or her involvement in an offense, even a minor inconsistency in an interview with police could later be used as evidence of guilt.
The most important thing to remember is that you never have to speak to the police or an investigator. You have an absolute right to remain silent. You can tell the police “no thank you,” or simply hang up the phone. Refusing to speak can never be used as evidence of your guilt, but anything you say can – and often will – be.
An experienced criminal defense attorney like Jose Ceja can help you navigate an investigation and stand between you and law enforcement. During the investigation stage, a smart criminal defense attorney will attempt to learn as much as possible about the investigation while taking steps to reduce the likelihood charges will be filed, if possible.
If you believe that you are under investigation for any criminal offense, contact Jose Ceja for a free consultation today.