I have not been arrested, but the police are calling me. Do I have to talk to them?
You have the right to remain silent and have a lawyer present with you during any questioning by police. During any pre-arrest investigation, it is critical to have an attorney to protect your rights and avoid making decisions that could result in criminal charges, or that would be against your best interests later in the case. These are just some potential aspects of pre-arrest representation by a criminal law attorney:
- Communicating with law enforcement agents on your behalf.
- Making arrangements to turn you in once an arrest warrant has been issued and represent you at that initial appearance where bail will be set.
- Giving legal advice during any police questioning.
- Contacting the State’s Attorney to discuss the case, and potentially prevent charges from being filed.
- Explaining the criminal process, from your first to last potential court dates and hearings and what to expect.