Being the subject of a criminal investigation can be harrowing. Even if you are innocent of the crime that police are investigating, you may have reason to be extremely concerned.
This type of situation can seem fraught with uncertainty, but your plan of action needs careful consideration and calculation. Here are a few things that you may need to know if law enforcement is investigating you.
You may remain silent
The right to remain silent does not come into effect only after an arrest when you have received a Miranda warning. You do not have to answer questions at any stage in a criminal investigation. If you wish to assist the police by consenting to questioning, it may be prudent to consult with legal counsel in advance.
Officers may not disclose why they are investigating you
You do not have any legal right to learn why you are a suspect or person of interest in an investigation. Be aware that police may imply that you are a suspect when in fact they wish to ascertain whether you are a witness to a crime.
You have no obligation to let police into your home without a court order
A police officer who wishes to enter your home may have an objective beyond questioning you. If an officer claims to have the legal authority to enter your home or conduct a search, request a copy of a judicial warrant.
Do not make assumptions about the seriousness of an investigation or potential criminal charges. Be conscientious about safeguarding your legal rights.