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What should you do if you suspect that you are under investigation?

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Many people only discover that they are under investigation for a crime when the police arrive at the door. Finding yourself under investigation before they even question you gives you the opportunity to be adequately prepared. What should you do and what could be a mistake?

There are a few important details to consider.

What you should do if you think you are under investigation

If you have reason to believe that the police have you under investigation, act quickly to protect yourself. Do not talk with the police without legal representation, even if they describe it as an interview, not an interrogation. Do not volunteer any information and make sure you understand your rights to protect your home without a warrant. If the police arrive at your door and ask to come in, only permit it if they have a warrant. If they do, restrict their access to those areas and items defined in that warrant.

What you should not do if you think you are under investigation

It is equally important to understand what you should never do if you believe you are under investigation. Do not destroy, delete or eliminate anything that the police would consider as evidence. Do not panic or lash out at anyone either. It is easy to say something you do not mean or cause yourself more legal concerns if you let your emotions control your reactions.

Staying calm in the face of a police investigation takes effort, but it pays off in the long run. Be rational and protect yourself before you talk to the police.