It is a frustrating misconception that you can talk your way out of any situation with the police. In fact, most people who believe they can do this actively end up hurting themselves before police even arrest them.
If the police want to question you, it is legal here in Virginia and throughout the country to decline and say that you would like to speak with an attorney. It is the most crucial step you can take to protect your rights and best interests.
Don't Make The Police's Job Easier For Them
One of the mistakes that people make is thinking that police just want to ask them a few questions. If police are questioning you, it is likely that they are already investigating you for a crime and plan to arrest you.
By questioning you, they may be trying to get you to incriminate yourself. They may ask leading questions or try to confuse you.
Even if you think you are telling the truth, police know how to exploit any inconsistency in your account to make it appear that you are lying. People often tell little white lies because they think it will help. If police catch you lying, it will only hurt you.
You Need An Attorney In Your Corner
There is no such thing as a minor criminal charge. A negative outcome could mean time in jail, fines and a criminal record that makes it harder to get a job. Do not try to "handle it" yourself.
An attorney will be able to conduct his or her own investigation into the matter and gather evidence that can help you. Your attorney will also be able to help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that is through a trial or negotiations that protect your best interests and freedom. It could mean that prosecutors never file charges against you.