Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: Police want me to sign a confession for a crime I didn’t commit. Does this mean that they have insufficient evidence?

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William Wolf
William Wolf
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Not necessarily. It means that they want "better" evidence than what they have. Whether they have "sufficient" evidence without it depends on the facts of your individual case.

What is absolutely clear is that you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you, right now.

Even if you're uncharged and not currently under arrest. It would be a mistake for you to wait.

I would hire a lawyer, and only talk to that lawyer about your case in private. Nobody else.

And I mean nobody.

And as far as police questioning, other than truthfully telling the police your name, I would tell the police in response to every question that you:

1. want to invoke your right to remain silent and not answer any questions,

2. want to have your lawyer present during any questioning in this matter.

I would start making calls and then hire the lawyer that you believe is the best fit for you.

Good luck.

Juan Ooink and Cheryl Powell agree with this answer

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You need to hire a criminal defense attorney right away. Stop speaking to the police and hire an attorney now.

David J. Winer
David J. Winer
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Waukegan, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If you are going to be questioned by the police you certainly need a local criminal defense lawyer right away.

After you hire a defense lawyer have him contact the police officer on your behalf. If the police do question you without any attorney you should be truthful with your name, birthdate, address but regarding questions about any potential offense or involvement tell him you invoke your right to remain silent and want to have a lawyer present during any further questions.

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