Often, we receive calls from frantic clients, asking: “What should I do? I’ve been arrested!” our advice as experienced criminal defense attorneys is the same if you are in custody, or a loved one is in custody:
Making statements to the police might seem like a good idea when you’ve been arrested, or when you get a phone call from a police investigator. The police might even pretend to be your friend, saying your cooperation will help you. This is not true. Once you have been charged with a crime, the police are unable to drop the charges – your case is now in the hands of the District Attorney.
Loved One in Jail? Don’t Ask About Their Case
If a family member or loved one has been arrested and is in a County jail, you want to know what happened and how they were arrested. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good idea. Every phone call that an inmate receives is recorded and put onto a CD. This recording is then handed over to the DA to prosecute them. Instead of asking them about details of their case, ask your friend or family member if they want you to hire an attorney, have an attorney visit them in jail. If you visit a friend in jail, don’t ask them about their cases, either. All in-person visits are recorded and can be used the the prosecution in your friend’s case. The DA gathers all the information possible to convict your friend – they aren’t neutral parties and they aren’t looking for the truth.
Contact a lawyer immediately.