Why Do Criminal Lawyers Advise against Talking to Police?
Criminal Lawyers Never Advise Clients to Speak with Police About a Criminal Investigation
Often it is not made clear to an individual that they are a suspect in a criminal investigation. Furthermore, the likelihood that something may be taken out of context is prevalent during the interviewing of an unrepresented witness or suspect. Criminal defense attorneys can quickly learn the status of their client before any questioning is undertaken by way of demanding immunity for the individual that they represent prior to questioning.
Criminal Attorney William Moore cautions suspects to keep in mind the fact that Florida Detectives are trained to obtain evidence that tends to establish the guilt of a suspect as opposed to innocence. Where it is known that the person sought to be questioned is in fact a suspect to a criminal investigation, communications sought by law enforcement are strictly aimed at building a case and not exonerating them. Criminal lawyers routinely invoke their clients right to remain silent. This silence can never be used against an accused should the case proceed forward.
Often a detective assigned to investigate a crime will not have enough evidence to make an arrest and subsequently calls the suspect in for questioning with the hopes of making a case through that individuals own statement according to lawyers with Moore’s firm.
Police officers are skilled at convincing suspects that it is in their best interests to talk to police about a crime. We are taught to trust police officers at their word and many fail to realize that investigating officers are predisposed against the primary suspect in a criminal investigation according to Moore.
I always advise that when asked, the individual sought to be questioned should state that their attorney has forbidden them from speaking until a later time. This takes all focus off of the suspect’s refusal and places it instead on their criminal lawyer. While this isn’t necessary as they are protected from incriminating themselves, many still feel that the refusal to speak to police makes them look guilty.
Recently IRS Official Lois Lerner was held in contempt following questioning. Although, Mrs. Lerner ultimately invoked her Right to Remain Silent following questioning, this was only prior to making numerous facial expressions in response to requests for information. Non-verbal communication such as facial expressions can be used against a criminal suspect as well according to attorney Moore.
Information on how to adequately protect your right against self incrimination can be obtained by speaking with William Moore, and his team of Criminal Attorneys in Broward County. Offices located at 1 Financial Plaza, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394 – (954) 523-5333