Do’s and Don’ts of Police Interaction
At the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, we cannot emphasize enough — you do NOT have to speak with the police. Most of the time, our clients come to us after they have had police interaction. They have often times been arrested and charged, and sometimes, they have just been approached or contacted, but not arrested or charged. Regardless of where they are at in the proceeding, the same cautions apply to speaking with police.
You have a right to remain silent — the Constitution affords you that protection!
Below are a few helpful suggestions for interacting with the police while also protecting your legal rights.
Always be calm, cooperative and polite.
This means that you may provide your name, address and other general contact information and allow them to process you as they are required to do.
Respectfully refuse to give a statement and refer them to your attorney.
You don’t have to make a statement to police. Regardless of what they might tell you, you are not obligated to say anything or write anything that may incriminate yourself. Law enforcement is allowed to mislead you, to lie to you; and they often do. They will try to get you to talk or give up information, but you simply are not required.
Respectfully refuse to answer other questions and refer them to your lawyer.
You are not required to answer any questions. Again, law enforcement may engage in tactics to get you to talk and to answer questions. It is understandable that you want to be helpful and cooperative, but the Constitution protects you from being forced to make self-incriminating statements.