If the university police have called me to come in for questioning at 9 pm, do I need a lawyer and should I go in tonight?

They will not give me any more information.

Asked on September 8, 2015 under Criminal Law, Utah

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Whenever any officer calls you in for questioning, espcially at 900 p.m., you should wait to go until you have an attorney.  It's an unusual time for a meeting.  You will be tired and more prone to bad suggestions by the officer to confess... assuming they are accusing you of a crime.
It may be something simple that can easily be resolved with an interview.  However, if you go alone and make statements that incriminate yourself, you may accidentally waive your very valuable right to remain silent while making their job of convicting you much easier.


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