Q: the police were called by neighbors due to domestic violence between me and my husband once they got to my house they
questioned me about him and his brother eventually leading to a detective coming and told me if I refused to talk to them or let search my house, they would arrest me for domestic violence is this illegal for them to come to my house for domestic violence and then bribe me to talk to them so they won't take me to jail ?
A: You have no obligation to talk to the police in a domestic dispute. The police must have probable cause to arrest you. However, they may have felt they had probable cause to charge you with a criminal offense (such as disorderly conduct) and will occasionally use the threat of an arrest to get you to be cooperative. Sometimes they will arrest you anyways, even if you do cooperate. It is hard to know for sure whether what happened in this instance was proper without more information. If you or your husband were charged, you should consult a criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.
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