Whether you have been accused of a crime or have come into contact with law enforcement, it is extremely important that you know your rights. Being accused, arrested or convicted of a crime can significantly affect your life in a number of different ways. It is never a good idea to wait to see what happens.
As United States Supreme Court Justice and Nuremburg Trial Prosecutor Robert Jackson famously stated, “any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to police under any circumstances.” Watts v. Indiana, 338 U.S. 49, 59, 69 S. Ct. 1347, 1358 (1949). In that case, the confession was ruled to be involuntary and the court reversed his conviction. While the Watts case was specifically about brutal interrogation methods (including the suspect being forced to sleep on the floor and resulted in the Defendant admitting to a murder) the point is well taken. Though there are times when it makes sense to talk to law enforcement, it is always best practice to consult an attorney at the earliest possible stage to get advice as to how to proceed.
Obtaining an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you to make the right decisions in your case can make all the difference. Call or message us for a consultation or to set up an appointment today.