Do I Have to Answer Questions from the Police?

If you are being investigated for a crime—whether it be a DUI or a murder charge—you need to remember that you have the right to remain silent. Oftentimes, the entire case against you can be built around your own incriminating statements.

Many people believe that if they “cooperate” with the police, they will be let go. This is very rarely the case. Although you don’t want to lie to the police (and face a possible obstruction charge), you are well within your rights to refuse to answer their questions. If it is more serious than a traffic charge, you need to consult with an experienced attorney to weigh your options before you answer any questions from the police.

So, for example, if you are stopped for a traffic violation and the police officer asks, “Have you been drinking this evening?” You do not have to answer this question. You may simply either remain silent or state that you are unwilling to answer. By doing so, you give the police officer less to work with and it may help us beat the charge at a preliminary hearing.

At The Turner Firm, we advise our clients throughout investigations and we are often successful in preventing the case from going any further. Give us a call today and let us help you.

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