People approached by the police not only have the legal right to refuse to talk to the police without a lawyer, it is in their best interest to refuse to speak to the police without the presence of a lawyer.
There are many reasons why talking to the police without a lawyer is a bad idea. For example, you may mistakenly give misinformation or be tricked into giving accounts of events that could make you appear to be involved in the commission of a crime. Further, law enforcement agents are trained interrogators: when faced with such expertise, many citizens are ill-equipped to verbally spar with a professional. Finally, by talking to the police without an attorney, you are at the mercy of the officer’s memory of the conversation, which can be faulty or even purposely construed to place the blame of a major crime on you.
It is far easier to avoid saying anything incriminating with the help of an attorney, than to hire an attorney after self-incrimination has occurred. In the worst-case scenario, a simple mistake in the retelling of information on your part may lead to you being falsely charged with a serious crime. To best protect your own interests, it is vital to never speak to the police without the representation of an attorney.
Protecting the rights of Texas residents
Frankfurt Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of Texas residents in the Dallas area against being questioned by the police without attorney representation. To learn more about your rights when being questioned by the police and for a free phone consultation, please contact our office at 214-699-5297 or visit us online at http://www.frankfurtlaw.net.