"The job of the police is to arrest people and gather evidence for conviction. Anything you say to them or to anyone - even on the phone in jail - can be used to prosecute you."
– Lisa McCamey, Attorney –
How do you choose
Know your rights!
You are innocent until proven guilty.
You do not have to say anything to the police, and you shouldn't.
Remember the job of the police is to arrest people, and what you say to the police can and will be used against you in a court of law. Keep in mind that the police can record anything you say to them without your knowledge or permission, and often do. Also, do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone over the phone. Police often set up secretly recorded "pretext" calls where alleged victims (or friends) attempt to get incriminating statements from a suspect.
You can refuse a search of your home, vehicle or person.
Never give permission for a police officer to search you. The police can only search your pockets, home or residence if they have a search warrant or probable cause. If they are asking for consent, it is because they don’t have a search warrant or probable cause.
You have the right to an attorney at every phase of your case.
You have the right to an attorney after you are taken into custody and before the police can question you. Make sure to seek legal advice prior to speaking with the police, even if you are innocent.
Protect your rights – let a a knowledgeable attorney