Should you call the police back?

Often times the first indication that you are under investigation by the police is receiving a call from an investigator or detective. When this call comes in you have to quickly decide how you will respond.

First, you are never required to answer questions or speak to law enforcement. What you have heard on TV about "anything you say can and may be used against you" is absolutely true. Your decision on how to respond to the police phone call may determine whether or not you are ever arrested, or how serious your charges will be.

If you do decide to speak to the police you should know that they are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to give incriminating information. If the police are calling they might not have enough evidence to arrest you, and are hoping you will give them the additional evidence they need to obtain an arrest warrant. You should also know that if you do speak to law enforcement this could also result in a request that you agree to be questioned in a police interrogation room, or submit to a police polygraph.

If you do decide to speak with the police you should know that you have the right to stop answering questions or end the phone call at any time. Taking advantage of your right to remain silent cannot be used against you in Court later.

During any investigation for a South Carolina state or federal crime, it is important that you consult with an attorney prior to returning any phone call from law enforcement. Consulting with a criminal defense attorney is the best way to determine whether or not your interests would be served by either a waiver or enforcement of your rights.

If you or a loved one is under a police investigation in South Carolina contact a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, for a free consultation. Appointments are scheduled by calling 1-888-301-6004. Appointments are held at our office located at 316 South Lake Drive in downtown Lexington.

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