Why you should avoid talking to the police without an attorney

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Dealing with law enforcement can be an intimidating and stressful experience. While the police serve an important role, it is important to understand your rights and protect yourself legally when questioned by officers.

There are a few reasons why you should avoid talking to the police without having legal counsel present.

Protects you from potential self-incrimination

Perhaps the biggest reason to avoid talking to the police without legal counsel is that anything you say or admit to can potentially incriminate you or end up used against you. Even if you are innocent, statements you make in the heat of the moment or under pressure get misconstrued or taken out of context. The best approach is to remain silent and let your legal counsel handle communicating with law enforcement on your behalf.

Even innocent statements could be problematic

In addition, even explaining your side of the story could have unintended consequences. Law enforcement officials find inconsistencies and holes in stories to identify wrongdoing. Without legal experts coaching you on your rights and the implications of your statements, innocent explanations could still land you in hot water if discrepancies arise.

Protects your potential defense

Remaining silent allows your legal team to shape the narrative and build a defense strategy with the element of surprise. If the other side does not know what story you will tell or what evidence you have, it gives your lawyers more leverage to get you the best outcome possible.

Talking extensively to the police without legal counsel present, even if you are innocent, can put you at unnecessary risk. Lean on your constitutional rights, say little and let your lawyer handle speaking on your behalf.