San Francisco, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: What is the correct procedure for answering questions for a crime alleged against me? Should I consult an attorney

retain counsel prior to investigation questioning?

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Rebecka A Monez
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Rebecka A Monez
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Modesto, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It is always best practice to have an an attorney with you when questioned by law enforcement or the district attorney's investigators, because an attorney is your best protection - next to the truth. Investigators who question people are usually highly skilled individuals and they can turn a simple answer into something that can be used against you later. Having an attorney there can prevent this from happening. Investigators and police officers are also very good at making you feel comfortable so you can just "have a quick little chat", and then turn around and use it all against you in a case after charges are filed. Best advice for you is to find a local criminal defense attorney near you and go get a consult before you meet or speak with anyone about potential criminal charges. Good luck.

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