Should I Talk to the Police Without an Attorney?

Many of our clients were approached by federal law enforcement agents prior to retaining us.  When the federal government is investigating a potential criminal matter, and before formal charges are brought, agents frequently will contact the person and ask them to come in to talk.   These individuals are not arrested – they are not forced to go  “down to the station” or to have these officers in their homes or workplaces.  Rather, these are law enforcement agencies who are seeking to speak to these individuals on a voluntary basis.   People frequently ask us whether they should speak to the agents or the Assistant United States Attorney without an attorney.  They want to know why they should not speak to them if they did not do anything wrong.  Here is our answer – Do not do it!!!  You should never speak to any law enforcement officer who approaches you to speak with them without an attorney.

There are so many reasons why you should not do this — some are pretty evident. In fact, you see some of them on television shows and documentaries  frequently.  The police or agents have their idea about who committed the crime they are investigating – and it is you!   Police can put a lot of pressure on someone they are questioning or  interrogating. And despite how rough their questioning seems to be – or how long it goes on for – courts have upheld these investigative tactics in many situations.  We have all heard of “false confessions.”   You may think that you are too smart for that – and it would never happen to you.  But the question is this —  why would you take the chance in the first place?

If you or a loved one are approached by law enforcement, contact LGR Law, LLC, BEFORE you speak to anyone.   We are a boutique, federal criminal defense law firm in New York and New Jersey.  We represent many individuals who are approached by law enforcement and asked to speak with them.  We are here to fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law Group focus on defending federal charges brought in New Jersey or in Manhattan, New York, and White Plains. If you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges or is under investigation by federal agents or have been contacted by a federal agent or an Assistant United States Attorney, we can help you. Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her team have successfully defended people charged with crimes throughout New York and New Jersey. They have obtained acquittals of many charges and have been able to obtain reduced charges and below Guideline sentences (including probationary sentences) in thousands of cases over the last 30 years. Our representative cases include healthcare fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, internet and computer fraud, securities fraud, Hobbs Act Robbery, Firearm and gun charges, drug offenses, RICO charges, gang crimes, and more. We also handle appeals and habeas matters. We have appeared and argued in both the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit. We offer a free 15-minute consultation and defense strategy session for all potential clients. Call today to schedule an appointment with our experienced and trusted criminal defense lawyers. Call (973) 239-4300 or contact us from our website or email us at [email protected].

Disclaimer – This is not meant to be legal advice and should not be relied on as such.

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