Obtaining a Hartford Criminal Defense Attorney vs. Lying to the Police: Why You Should Always Choose the First Option
When you speak to the police, you either tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth or you say nothing at all. Period.
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can outsmart the police with clever stories, excuses, or by blaming others. The police call you and say they want to speak with you about “an incident.” “We just want to talk with you,” they say in their friendliest, we’re your buddies sort of way. So now your brain starts racing – how can I explain my way out of this? I’ll just go down there and talk to them.
So you show up with the best of intentions to just skate. You’ll come up with something – just think and stay cool. Don’t say anything stupid, don’t be nervous, don’t let them see you sweat. Everything will be OK.
Criminal Defense Hartford – The police called YOU
Wrong. Your first clue should be that the police call you, not the other way around. You should only speak to the police with the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer. Keep in mind the police are highly trained in the art and skill of interrogation. They know how to ask you questions designed to trip you up and they are masters at it. Before you know it, you will accidentally be admitting to things that will lead to your arrest and possible conviction. The worst part of this is that you will have no one but yourself to blame.
Why you need a Hartford Criminal Lawyer
Since you don’t know the law, you’ll think they’re just conversing with you. What they are really doing is framing their questions to get you to admit to elements of criminal statutes so they can charge you as a leader or side participant and to make it easier for the prosecutor to nail you. Whatever the case, when the police call you just to chat, they have already decided they are arresting you. All they’re doing when they talk to you is seeing if you’ll help them.
You need to make one very important decision when the police call to say they “just want to talk to you.” If you can’t get a Hartford Criminal Lawyer to accompany you to the police station, AND you decide to go on your own, you either tell them everything (at your own risk) or nothing at all. It is important to remember if you lie to the police, they can charge you with making a false statement under Connecticut General Statutes 53a-157b which is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in prison.