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The cops want to talk to me, what should I do?

Alvine Weidenaar, Criminal

In almost every situation where the cops suspect criminal activity or when they are just fishing for information during a traffic stop, they will innocently ask you questions that you may not suspect have any relevance whatsoever. This is precisely the tactics law enforcement use to get reasonable suspicion or probable cause to search you or your vehicle, detain you, or arrest you and charge you with a criminal offense. Do not fall for it.

Let’s say you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI. You can politely decline to conduct the officer’s requested field sobriety tests and ultimately ask that he or she get a warrant to draw your blood. When they suspect you of driving under the influence, most often they will “explain” the warrant process to you and seemingly force you to consent. You do not have to give up your rights! Make them go through the process and protect yourself. You don’t have to answer their questions about “how much have you had to drink?” either!

Always remember, you never have to talk to law enforcement if they want to question you about anything (other than in a routine traffic stop they are able to identify you and check insurance etc.). If they call you and want to speak with you about anything whatsoever politely decline their invitation and let them know you will be calling your criminal defense attorney. You are not required to answer even the most basic questions they have for you. Often time, they are trying to build a case against you so they can charge you with a crime. Why else would they want to talk to you?

It is always best to decline to talk to law enforcement until you have talked with your criminal defense attorney. Our criminal defense attorneys at Alvine Weidenaar, LLP are experienced in both state and federal court in all types of criminal matters from simple speeding tickets and DUIs all the way to homicides and murder. We will ensure your rights are protected each and every step of the way. Call us immediately prior talking to law enforcement. You will not regret it!

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