The question I hear all the time is what one piece of advice I would give to a client. My answer to this question is always that my client should exercise his or her right to remain silent. If you are being questioned by the police or any authority, do not say anything. Instead, let the authorities know that, under the advice of counsel, you will be invoking your Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The last thing you want to do is say something that may hurt you. You also do not want to provide the authorities with any information that they may not already have known, which can also be used against you. Thus, I always tell my clients to let the police do their job, rather than having you do it for them. If the police are going to investigate you, let them do so without you providing any information that can hurt you in the future.
There are times, however, when my clients wish to give a statement because they feel they have done nothing wrong and they want to clarify a situation before an arrest is made. In that very limited situation, the best thing you can do is bring an attorney with you to this meeting with the police. The attorney will listen to everything that is being said and make sure that you are not saying anything that will harm you in the future. The attorney will also ensure that you are sharing the complete story and make sure you will not leave anything out that may be beneficial to you. Finally, the attorney will ensure the police will not take advantage of you or try to make you say something that is not true or with which you do not agree.
Therefore, my advice to anyone is to keep silent. If there are any reasons to talk, however, first discuss these reasons with an attorney, get some advice, and have that attorney present with you during your interview. To speak about this, or other questions you may have, call Jodi at (860) 582-4495.