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What To Do When A Detective Calls You

Detectives make a variety of calls while investigating a criminal case. It is natural to feel unprepared and nervous during these calls, even if you know you have nothing to do with the crime.

Deciding to talk to a detective could give them evidence against you, or even make you a suspect of a case when you were not previously. That is why you should always have a criminal defense attorney by your side before providing any statements to a detective over the phone. If you are called by a detective, politely ask for their name, badge number and contact information. Let them know you will reach back out to them once you speak to a lawyer.

SMC Law Firm frequently works with New York clients who have received calls from detectives and investigators regarding criminal cases. The sooner you receive criminal defense counsel, the stronger your defense will be if you are a suspect in a case.

Why Would A Detective Call Me?

There are several reasons a detective may reach out to you over the phone. They may see you as a suspect, a potential witness or even a potential victim in an ongoing criminal case. Sometimes they will request an in-person interview with you, while other times they will gather information on the case or discuss others who are involved.

When a detective calls you, it does not always mean you are suspected of committing a crime. However, anything you say to that detective may be used against you. Even if you are the victim in a case, it may be a good idea to consult an attorney to ensure your rights are protected as their investigation unfolds.

The Importance Of Having A Strong Criminal Defense Attorney

Law enforcement officers frequently use deception to obtain the information they need to charge someone for a crime. Your criminal defense lawyer will reach out to the detective to understand more about the case they are investigating, advising you whether or not you should speak to them on the matter. If it is determined that you are a suspect or person of interest in the case, they will immediately work to begin building your defense. At the very least, they will provide honest guidance on the situation so you can rest assured that you are making the right decisions.

SMC Law Firm has a proven track record in criminal defense and a thorough understanding of how New York prosecutors operate and build their cases. If you are called by a detective, do not hesitate to reach out as soon as possible for guidance. Call 212-256-9441 or send your information online to get started.