Harrisonburg, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: What are my legal rights with a detective who claims he'll follow warrants if I don't cooperate and he won't explain why

A detective showed up at my dad's door telling him that I need to get a hold of him by the next day or warrant will be issued. I contacted him via phone he won't tell me why or what or anything he just says he's going to give me an opportunity to cooperate and I don't know what I've done what are my legal rights?

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Paula Hough
Paula Hough
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You should not talk to the police without a lawyer present! Generally speaking, if the police have enough evidence for a warrant, they will get one, whether you talk to them or not. The police will use the "we'll take out a warrant unless you speak with us" tactic to get you to speak with them. Usually, the police want to talk to you to gain (more) evidence against you. There is no up-side to speaking to the police and you are not legally obligated to do so. Again, do not talk to the police without an attorney present.

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