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The police want me to talk about a crime they think I committed. Should I comply?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

This is a very stressful situation and it’s really hard to have to make a decision about this on the fly. The best thing I can advice you to do is to immediately contact a lawyer to see what you should do under the circumstance. You should always assume that talking to the police is probably not going to help you. If they believe that you’ve committed a crime already and they believe they have sufficient evidence of it, they may not tell you that, and your speaking to them will make absolutely no difference and may only harm you farther even if you’re innocent of the crime. However, even if the police don’t have sufficient evidence that you’ve committed a crime your speaking to them again, even if you say you’re innocent and you believe you’re innocent depending on what you say that may bolster their ability to file charges against you. When in doubt don’t speak to the police, you have no obligation to do so, you always have a [inaudible 00:00:58] right to remain silent. Most importantly, call and speak with a lawyer to determine what you should do with the specific facts and circumstances that you were faced with.