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If adetective called and wants to see me, what do I do?

A detective called me and left a message saying they want to see me. I did not return the call and she called again the next day. This time she said if she doesn’t hear from me she will “write a warrant for me”. Can they issue a warrant if you don’t come in to see them? Does that mean they think they have evidence against me? I did call the detective back and it’s about a theft. She said I won’t be arrested but why would she say that? Can they lie to you like that to get you to come in? And why mention a warrant for me? I don’t know what to do and I’m scared.

Asked on October 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under no circumstances should you speak with the police without having an attorney present with you. As it stands right now, you are under no obligation to go in and any answer questions. The fact is that you could inadvertently say something incriminating about yourself regarding the crime under investigation. Even if the police come to your home to question you, you do not need to speak with them. 

Questioning you without your having legal counsel is to their benefit. The police will try and get you to implicate yourself.  So no matter how friendly they may appear ("There is just some minor background information that we need"), or conversely, no matter how intimidating they seem ("It would be in your best interests to speak with us"), do not do so without a lawyer tp represent you.   

At this point, you need to consult with a criminal law attorney in your area ASAP.


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