Arguably the most vital time to have legal representation in a criminal case is before the defendant is even arrested. Often times, the police make informal inquiries with suspects in the hope that the suspect will speak with them without an attorney. Even more often, when a suspect is taken into police custody, the suspect waives his rights to remain silent and have an attorney and speaks with the police, hoping that by cooperating, he will be in less trouble.
The consequences of speaking with the police without knowing your rights can be dire. In almost every case where a suspect speaks with the police, the suspect ends up providing inconsistent statements, thereby looking guilty (even if he’s innocent). For those who are currently on bail or probation, it doesn’t take much to be found in violation and held without bail until a hearing date is set. Not being completely forthcoming with the police may be enough to file a probation or bail violation in District or Superior Court.
Attorney Godin has experience in representing those suspected of committing crimes, and has helped guide her clients through the delicate process of interacting with law enforcement. Indeed, Kate has recently helped clients clear themselves of being suspects in child molestation and burglary cases by guiding them through the process of a police interview/interrogation.
If you are a suspect in a crime and are considering giving a statement to the police, call Kate Godin immediately at (401) 274-2423 for essential advice.