Generally, you should not speak to California or federal employees without a thorough understanding of the law. Talking to police officers, in particular, is often one of the best things you can do for the prosecution in your criminal defense case.
There is a reason that the Miranda Rights specify that anything you say or do could be used as evidence against you. At Kosnett Law Firm, we have seen many cases damaged considerably by seemingly innocent statements by the defendant.
Of course, there are some situations in which it could be beneficial to cooperate with police. However, these are usually not situations in which you are being arrested. They would also probably not be situations in which police have detained you or entered your home or place of business. You should probably cultivate a complete legal understanding of your situation before making any statements to district attorneys, investigators or police.
It is not always easy to know when you are being questioned, so it is usually best to keep quiet or to simply request counsel. One common tactic, especially with white collar arrests, is that the investigator will attempt to establish a feeling of cooperation with you as an arrestee or detainee.
Law enforcement professionals may also attempt to downplay the potential consequences by failing to inform you of charges you may face. They could also neglect to mention the specifics of the situation for which you are being investigated.
There are multiple stages of every investigation. Each of these stages may involve the collection of information in a legal manner. Although investigators are often careful to stay within the letter of the law, there could be a situation in your case in which evidence was gathered in violation of your constitutional rights. Please find out more on our main website.