The police asked me to come speak to them... what should I do?

I get this question quite often. You are being investigated for a crime. Either law enforcement has left a card on your door, they've called you, or they have come to your home to meet with you. What happens next? What should I do?

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

"No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself..."

You should never talk to a police officer, investigator, or detective without first consulting an attorney. Law enforcement officers are highly trained. You may think you know better, but you don't. I have been present during multiple police interrogations of my clients. More often than not, I advise my client to refrain from speaking. You may want to get your story out, but you can rarely outsmart a trained police officer. They have a job to do. Their job is to obtain a confession. You may think you're talking yourself out of an arrest, but instead, you may be admitting to crimes you didn't know or realize you committed.

So, what should I do?

Politely and respectfully tell the officer that you would like to invoke your right to remain silent and that you would like to speak to an attorney.