If the police have called and asked to speak with me but I cannot afford a lawyer, what should I do?

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Criminal Law, Washington


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You have no obligation to speak with law enforcement in light of your 5th Amendment against self incrimination. If they call again, your option is to either speak with them or not. If you do not speak with them, most likely you will be deemed more of a possible suspect for what incident that they are investigating.

However, if you are simply a witness to the event that is under investigation, I see no reason why you would not want to speak with law enforcement and answer their questions.

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