If you are contacted by the police, do not speak with them until you have spoken to a criminal defense attorney. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Even if you are innocent, it is best to remain silent and let your lawyer do the talking.
The police may try to convince you that it will help your case if you cooperate, but this is not true. Anything you say can be twisted to make it look like you are guilty, no matter how innocent you may actually be.
If a detective, investigator, or police officer is interested in speaking with you, it is because they suspect you committed a crime. Their job is to collect evidence against you and charge you with a crime. If that evidence comes out of your mouth, then their job just got a lot easier.
Remember, law enforcement officers are allowed to lie to you. They have been trained in techniques designed to get you to start talking. For example, they will tell you they have a bunch of evidence against you, even if they don’t. The idea is to convince you that you have nothing to lose by talking.
Another technique is to tell you that they just want to know your side of the story or get clarification. The hope of course is you will believe them and start talking.
It is important to remember that anything you say will be used against you, even if you don’t think it is harmful. Over the course of my career, I have seen countless cases filed against clients based on the client’s own statements.
If contacted by a detective, investigator, or police officer, your best move is to call an experienced attorney right away. The sooner you call, the easier it may be for an attorney to head off any potential criminal charges.