1. No! This is an emergency. Call us. 24/7. 888-364-9522.
Do not call the police under any circumstance.
2. Do not talk to the police, no matter how tempting. Police are trained to gather evidence and are normally better than a lawyer in getting you to spill your guts. They prey on your "wanting to do the right thing." DO NOT DO IT without talking to us first.
3. If the police confront you in person, at work, or at your residence, respectfully tell them "I am not talking to you without my lawyer present" and ask them to leave - just like you would a door-to-door salesman. Shut the door and lock it, if you have to. They cannot come inside your home without a warrant. Do not worry about making them mad - they already don't like you.
4. The police are trained - they will tell you do not need a lawyer. In legal terms, this is BS.
5. A detective will also use a family member or friend to talk with you, possibly over the phone, to discuss "what happened" or to have the other person confront you about something. Be aware! This is a police tactic - your phone is bugged and they are recording your conversation. Respectfully tell your family member that you want to talk with a lawyer first, and immediately end the conversation.
6. Another tactic is to tell you that, by not talking, you're hiding something or making yourself a suspect. Once again, this is psychological warfare! You'll be told that a lawyer is just going to take your money. You'll be told that if you don't talk, you're going to make it harder on yourself. These are all tactics to get you to talk without thinking - think first, and call a lawyer.
7. Just because you talk with a lawyer first doesn't mean you've done anything wrong, immoral, or you are a bad person. In certain instances, our clients have testified to grand jury or from the witness stand and directly to the police; just because you ask for an attorney does not limit in any way your ability to tell the truth to the police at a later date.
Feel free to contact us with your particular situation.