Being investigated for a crime is intimidating and many people believe that the best way they can clear their name is to cooperate with the police in every step of the investigation and answer any and all questions detectives may ask. They worry that if they invoke their right to contact a San Diego criminal defense attorney before answering questions or insist that police get a search warrant before searching their property that they will seem guilty.
Unfortunately, this line of thinking is not only wrong, it is dangerous as it can lead you to give up your rights during the investigation process and things you say or do could actually point to your guilt and be used against you later on.
It is critical that anyone accused of a crime contact a skilled criminal lawyer in San Diego before answering any questions or permitting a police search of their property. It rarely is the case that you can talk your way out of trouble. Even if you think cooperating will help, it may actually hurt your case and make you look guilty. If you do have evidence that could exonerate you, your North County defense attorney can convey any information showing your innocence to the police without exposing you to an interrogation. You should not let police threaten to arrest you if you do not cooperate or otherwise allow them to intimidate you into talking with them without first consulting an attorney.
A San Diego criminal defense lawyer will always evaluate your specific circumstances to determine the best course of action to protect your rights, your freedom and your good name.
Even if your defense attorney in North County San Diego recommends a course of action that could make someone suspicious of your motives, the bottom line is that it is better to protect your rights and not say or do something that could lead you to be convicted of a crime than it is to temporarily look innocent -only to be charged and convicted later. Your first priority should always be protecting yourself and blindly cooperating with police investigators can sometimes be the worst thing you can do in these situations.
If are being investigated for a crime or have already been charged, please call San Diego criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation where you can discuss the right course of action given your specific circumstances.
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