If a detective calls me, do I have to go in and talk to him?

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If a detective calls me, do I have to go in and talk to him?

Someone called protective services and allegations were made aginst me that are

not true. A detective called me and said that if I don’t come in and talk to him, then he’s going to put out a warrent for me. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have a lot of

money to hire an attorney as I’m on a monthly income.

Asked on October 9, 2018 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Until there is a warrant for your arrest or subpoeana for you to testify, you do not need to speak with the detective or come in to his office. "Asking" you to speak to him is a request but is not legally enforceable.
If a warrant is issued or you are subpoenaed, you will have to comply with the warrant's or subpoena's terms/ requirements. But remember: you do have a 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, and while you have to come in, you could refuse to answer any specific questions that would tend to or could possibly incriminate you of a crime.


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