Making Statements in a DUI Case
DUI Attorneys in Bakersfield
Any time that you are arrested, regardless of what the police think of
you or the situation, they are going to want to collect statements once
matters have calmed down. They might say that they
need them for their reports, or that they are only trying to help you out by
getting your side of the story. Although this could be entirely true,
it does not change the fact that you should never make a statement to
the police without your attorney there.
The police may ask you to provide a written or spoken statement regarding:
- Who else was involved
- What exactly happened
- Where it occurred
- When it began and ended
- Why the incident transpired
- How you played a part
Basically, they are looking for the classic lineup of investigative questions.
The important thing to remember is that you are not obligated to tell
them what you know right away.
A Clever Way to Avert Disaster
At Campbell Whitten, our
Bakersfield DUI lawyers encourage our clients to “blame it on their attorney.” When
the police ask you for a statement immediately after an arrest, just let
them know that you cannot say anything without your attorney, not because
you do not trust them but because your lawyer will be upset with you.
It really can be that simple. Remain cooperative and silent, and insist
that you are not comfortable with making a statement without first speaking
to your lawyer.
Why Would You Not Want to Make a Statement?
For most of us, the initial gut reaction will be to just be open and honest
with the law enforcement officers. You should, however, consult a legal
advocate prior to making any type of statement.
If you speak without an attorney present, you could:
- Incriminate yourself.
- Seem guilty when completely innocent.
- Inadvertently provide false information.
Ultimately, you need to acknowledge that a criminal arrest leads to a precarious
situation, no matter the circumstances. By being careful enough to only
make a statement with the help of a Bakersfield criminal defense attorney
from our firm, you can prevent yourself from stumbling into avoidable pitfalls.
For clever, responsive defense strategies, contact Campbell Whitten