Have you been contacted by law enforcement?

Until you have retained an attorney who has advised you otherwise, do not speak to anyone. Please exercise your constitutionally guaranteed right not to incriminate yourself. Do not answer any questions. Even when a law enforcement officer has approached you in a ‘friendly’ manner, you should not answer questions or engage in conversation of any kind.

Obviously we all would like to defend ourselves when accused of a crime or asked about wrongdoing. However, denying that you did anything improper is inadmissible in court. On the other hand, the statements you make that support the State’s theory of the case against you, will be heard by a jury. Generally your denials can not be put into evidence while your admissions come in.

It is my experience that the majority of clients who incriminate themselves do so in the course of trying to explain or justify their actions to law enforcement. Regardless of whether you hire or even contact me, I urge you to resist the temptation to speak to law enforcement unless you have been advised to do so by an attorney.

One should never discuss his or her case with anyone else. This includes family members, friends, reporters, cellmates and probation officers. All of these people can be compelled to testify against you by the State of Florida.

This is how you can respond to any questioning by a law enforcement officer:

“Officer, my lawyer has advised me that I should never answer police questions, I am not a lawyer, I have to follow my lawyer’s advice and refuse to answer your questions