You may be asked to give a statement to an investigator for the police, for an insurance company, or for a government agency other than the police (usually a licensing or regulatory agency).  If you've been asked to give a statement or come to an investigator's office, you're probably wondering what to do next.

The short answer is that you should probably not give a statement because anything that you say can and will be used against you.  I can’t emphasize enough that you should not give a statement or confess, even when the police or an investigator put a lot of pressure on you to do so.  You should only ask to be able to talk to your attorney.  Sometimes, the police will ask you to come to the police station or an investigator's office to be interviewed because you may have information about criminal or other illegal activity.  If you are asked to come to the police station or an investigator's office, I would recommend that you contact an attorney to find out how you should respond because, if you consent to be interviewed, any information that you provide can be used against you.

Sometimes, police or an investigator may want to talk to you because they think you have information on the target of their investigation.  Even if you are not the target of an investigation, I would still recommend that you talk to an attorney before agreeing to be interviewed.  You don't want to incriminate yourself accidentally, or say something inadvertent that turns you into the target of an investigation.

Your best bet, whether you are the target of an investigation or not, is to consult with an attorney before agreeing to give a statement.  I would also recommend having the attorney attend the interview to make sure that your rights are protected.  If you have been called for an interview as part of an investigation, please call me at (763) 450-9494 to discuss your best strategy and available options.

WARNING: The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice and may not be applicable to your situation.  Reading this blog post does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Baland Law Office, P.L.L.C.  You should always discuss your situation with an attorney before taking any action based on what you may read in this blog.  To that end, please call (763) 450-9494 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation.