Frequently Asked Questions
Why have I been accused, if I have not done anything wrong?
You control whether you will violate the law, but you do not control whether you will be accused of violating the law.
What is going to happen?
Many people fear the consequences of their cases. Going to court, getting arrested, and answering questions makes people feel uncomfortable at best and frightened at worst, especially if you have not done anything wrong. You think about what may happen to you. Will you lose your home, your family, and your friends? Will you lose your license, your job, or your career? Your lawyer can help you understand the possible consequences, explain what you can do to protect yourself, and advocate for you.
What if I do not want to go to trial?
Even if you do not want your case to go to trial, an attorney can help you understand whether an offer to settle your case is fair.
Will I be fine, if I am honest and cooperative with people?
Other people, including other parties’ lawyers, investigators, and law enforcement officials, may tell you what is in their best interest in order to get what they want from you. Courts have ruled that while law enforcement officials may not threaten you, they may mislead you and lie to you in order to get you to speak with them. What you say may be misused by other people to hurt you.
What do I do if people keep trying to get me to speak with them?
You do not have to talk to anyone. Lawyers may not speak directly to you when you have a lawyer of your own. Law enforcement officials must stop questioning you, when you say "I want a lawyer, and I do not want to answer any questions." Your lawyer is the only one who will protect your best interest. The law recognizes that you do not have to talk to anyone, and it recognizes that you can speak privately with a lawyer.
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Last revised: August 17, 2009