I got a call from a police officer wanting to talk about a situation, what do I do?: Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Answers

If the police are calling you and want to talk to you about a situation, you want to call a criminal defense lawyer right away

I get this question very often, and no matter how friendly the officer may sound on the phone I cannot stress enough that you YOU DO NOT WANT TO SPEAK WITH THEM. Don’t call the cops or detectives back until you have an attorney.dark image, a police officers black silhouette is seen due to blue police lights behind him. If the police call you about an investigation, get a criminal defense attorney

This might sound intense, but whether or not you were involved in the investigation they’re talking about in a criminal capacity or otherwise - you need an attorney to help you right away. You can simply tell the officer that you are asserting your right to remain silent.

If the officer keeps asking questions, or continues to try to pull information from you - you can just repeat that you’re using your right to remain silent and that all questions will need to be answered by your attorney. 

No matter what, whatever you say to the police or law enforcement officer will be used against you. And cops will use tactics to get information out of you.

EXAMPLE of why Florida Police might call you:

For example, let’s say the cops call you regarding a domestic violence charge and you say:
“Yeah, I was there but he/she is making it all up to get custody of the kids.” 

Not a big deal, right? WRONG. Even a small statement like this does FAR more damage than you would think.

Your first mistake: You just admitted to police that you were there where an alleged domestic violence crime took place.
In every single criminal case, the prosecution is required to prove that you were at the scene of the crime -- and you just did their job for them before they even officially charged you with any crime.

Your second mistake: You just limited your defense.
Stand Your Ground and self-defense laws in Florida are very defendant-friendly, but based on what you said (or even what you didn’t say) to the cop they may no longer be applicable to your case.

It’s impossible to know if  you’re making these critical mistakes if you don’t know the ins and outs of the law. 

The Reason you Need an Attorney Immediately if Police Call You: Protect Your Rights

Your absolute best bet in any situation police are calling you for information, or as part of an investigation, is to call an attorney.

 A good South Florida criminal defense attorney will make sure the police don’t trick you into giving up important information that will hurt you.  Also – anything your lawyer says to the cops CAN’T be used against you.

We can advocate on your behalf. In some cases I’ve been able to convince the officer to close out a case before my client is even arrested because I was able to prove to the police agency that the charge, allegation, evidence (etc) was unfounded. 

If you don’t know all your rights or the ins and the outs of criminal law, talking to police is dangerous as you might give away vital information or lose defenses to your cases without even knowing it. An attorney knows what the police do and don’t need to know, and a good criminal defense attorney is fighting to PROTECT you.

What to do if you've been called by police in Florida:

While police obviously serve to protect, when you’re being investigated by police their main job is to protect the alleged victim and to find reason enough to charge you with a crime or to make an arrest. 

If you’ve been contacted by the police for information, about an investigation, or due to a suspected crime in Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton - or anywhere else in  South Florida - call our office today for a FREE strategy session. 

If the police are already calling you, you don’t have that much time to spare. 

Call us: 754-206-6200

Learn more about our FREE Strategy Sessions: We listen to the whole story, hear everything you have to say, and then tell you how - based on your unique case - we’d fight to defend your rights and protect your future. 

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