If a detective wants me to make a statement regarding an accusation a woman made against me, do I have to make a statement?

I have since moved away. Can they force me to come back to ask me questions?

Asked on October 7, 2014 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You do not have to appear at the police station if you choose not to. In fact, you are under no obligation to speak to the police even if they travel to your home. The fact is that if you speak to them without having an attorney to represent your interests, it is to their benefit. They can and will try to get you to implicate yourself. So, no matter how friendly they may seem, or no matter how intimidating and threatening they may appear, do not speak to them without legal counsel.

At this point you should to contact a criminal law attorney. They can more fully advise you as to your rights and the best way for you to proceed from here.


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