Q: How to respond to an investigator's voicemail?
I got a voicemail from an investigator telling me that I was under investigation for inappropriate touching, should I call the investigator back and let them know I'm seeking legal representation? Or should I acquire the legal representation first before contacting the investigator in any way even though it might take a couple weeks to get representation?
A: You should never speak to law enforcement without legal representation. Obtain a lawyer and have your lawyer guide you on the best next steps.
A: Your instinct to obtain representation is right. Contact an attorney and try to meet with them. Most lawyers offer telephone or video conferences due to the Sheltering guidelines. Then discuss the benefits and dangers of speaking to the investigator. Finally, do not speak about this to anyone but your attorney.
A: Talk to an attorney first. That attorney is almost surely going to advise you not to return the call at all. The lawyer can talk to the investigator for you in some cases. But in your statement to an investigator, you may inadvertently say something that gets interpreted as incriminating. If you are under investigation almost any criminal defense lawyer is going to tell you not to answer any questions.
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