What You Should Do If You Get Arrested
There are certain steps you should take if you are arrested or are contacted by police.
First off, it is not being wrong or evasive by not answering questions.
You can answer questions. You can relay your side of the story or the issue. However, you should only do it with your attorney sitting beside you.
People do not understand how law enforcement works or how they are trained. They don't understand how much authority and power they really have. They don't understand how their words may be twisted around or interpreted differently when they are relaying information to an officer.
I always tell people to just respectfully tell the officer or detective that you will gladly cooperate and answer any questions they may have but you would like to speak with your attorney first.
The police can legally lie, make things up, and engage in deceptive practices. They can say DNA exists when it doesn't, they can say there is video evidence when there isn't, they can say someone has confessed or made statements against you when they haven't. They do this to get a confession out of you.
Many times that is law enforcements main perspective; to get a confession from you, shut the book, and be done with it.
This is why you need a professional, someone who has dealt with hundreds if not thousands of interrogations and interviews, to be there next to you to make sure you do not seal a conviction for yourself, especially if you aren't actually guilty of the crime.
There are a lot of people that, for whatever reason, say incriminating statements and incriminate themselves when they did nothing wrong.
This is what we as attorneys are hired, paid, and educated to do. To protect you, to promote your constitutional rights, and to make sure you don't say something that will help law enforcement convict you.