Can a detective demand you speak with them concerning a criminal act?

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Can a detective demand you speak with them concerning a criminal act?

Asked on October 15, 2012 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whatever you do, if you're a target of an investigation, do not speak with the police without having an attorney present to represent you. Legally, you are under no obligation to speak with the police regarding a criminal act. You could unknowingly say something that would incriminate yourself (or possibly even someone else) regarding the crime. Additionally, they may well try and intimdate you. The fact of the matter is that even if the police come to your home to question you, you are not obligated to answer any of their questions. 

Remember, questioning you without legal counsel is to their benefit. Until you have an attorney, steer clear of the authorities. At this point you should consult directly with a criminal law attorney ASAP.


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