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Top Five Reasons to Hire a Lawyer before Speaking to Law Enforcement

For most people, an arrest is the most devastating and stressful thing that can happen in their life. And unfortunately, things rarely get less stressful after the arrest.

You’ll be questioned by law enforcement and likely have to make multiple court appearance. It’s enough to disrupt your entire life, even if in the end things work out in your favor.

The good news is with an experienced criminal attorney, you’ll have support and guidance during the entire process. You’ll be protected from the legal system that doesn’t always treat everyone fairly and you’ll have someone there to answer your questions and help you through the process. Even if your arrest occurred because of a mistake you made or something you did wrong, your attorney will be at your side protecting your rights.

Wait Until You’re Working with a Lawyer to Speak to Law Enforcement

One of the worst things you can do after being arrested is to speak to law enforcement without an attorney present. Law enforcement is building a case against you right from the very start.

Even if they seem as if they are on your side, they are doing their job – which is to solve the crime. Everything you say and do can be used against you. This is why it’s so important to contact an attorney.

To learn about your right to remain silent before you have a lawyer present to assist you, check out this article.

What are five of the most important reasons you need to hire a lawyer before speaking to law enforcement?

If you’ve been detained you’re already a suspect. You shouldn’t assume you are helping or doing the police a favor by speaking to them. In order for you to be arrested there must be evidence against you. Speaking to the police is allowing them to build a stronger case against you. The best thing you can do is contact an attorney. At that point you can speak to law enforcement without concern for incriminating yourself.

You can’t be sure your words won’t be distorted. You’ll be asked to sign a statement once you’ve spoken to police, but there are times when what you’ve said is misconstrued. An attorney will be with you while you’re speaking to law enforcement and will review the statement before you sign it. This protects you from having your words used against you.

Negotiating a deal could be an option. Sometimes it’s in your best interest to strike a plea deal. This can be true whether you are guilty or innocent, and in order to get a deal you’ll need an attorney. An experienced attorney is able to negotiate on your behalf and knows what to say to reduce the charges you face.

You’ll have a witness. Having a lawyer with you while you’re speaking to law enforcement means you’ll have someone there who can act as a witness regarding what you’ve said. This can help you out should your situation take a turn for the worse.

You’ll have protection. An attorney is not only there to support you while you speak to law enforcement, he or she will work to protect your rights. The average person has a good idea of what his or her rights are under the law, but they are unaware of the intricacies and how they apply to an arrest and questioning. A lawyer’s job is to know exactly how far law enforcement can go when questioning you and they can put an end to unlawful or out of bounds questioning.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your situation, contact Andrew W. Kowalkowski, PLLC at 248.974.9594.

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