60 Seconds with an Attorney: Kristopher L. Hammond

Kristopher L. HammondTalk To A Lawyer Before You Talk To The Police!

Let's say you and your girlfriend had a heated, loud argument about her cheating on you. You left the apartment at 10:00 to cool off at a friend's house and spent the night there. After you left, the new boyfriend came to the apartment and stabbed your girlfriend with the kitchen knife. The neighbors tell the police about the yelling and the argument. The police want to talk to you. You are innocent, so you should talk to the police, right? Wrong.

If you talk to the police, you will be admitting that you were at the murder scene (opportunity) where the kitchen knife was found (means) and that you were angry at her for cheating (motive). Once you talk, the police won't even care about this "boyfriend" you invented.

Police officers are trained to conduct interviews of suspects and witnesses. They learn techniques for getting people to talk: "We just want to get your side of the story", "We interviewed the witnesses and we already know what happened-you might as well tell us", "What are you hiding?" Don't fall for these tricks...they are not designed to help you, they are designed to help the police gather evidence for a prosecution.

Nobody, not even a judge, can make you talk to the police. But won't the police think you are guilty if you don't talk to them? Who cares? They already think you are guilty!

You are at a complete disadvantage if you talk to the police. Talk to a lawyer first. Your lawyer's number one priority is protecting you and your rights. If your lawyer believes that it would help to talk to the police, a meeting can be arranged with your lawyer present.

The 5th Amendment right to remain silent is there for YOU. Use it! Then call us.