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What to do if contacted by a Morgantown Detective

Frank C. Walker II Feb. 5, 2024

If you are contacted by detectives about a Hit & Run, Violent Crime, Sex Crime, Drug Crime or any other crime or are asked to provide information in an ongoing investigation, it's essential to approach the situation carefully and responsibly.

Here's a step-by-step guide on what to do:

1. Stay Calm:

   - First and foremost, remain calm and composed. It's natural to feel anxious or nervous when contacted by law enforcement, but maintaining your composure is crucial.

2. Verify Their Identity:

   - Politely ask for the detectives' identification, including their names, badge numbers, and the agency they work for. Verify their identity immediately.

3. Do Not Lie!

   - Be honest and truthful in your interactions with the detectives. Lying to law enforcement can lead to legal consequences.

4. Ask for an Attorney:

   - If the detectives want to question you or if you feel uncomfortable answering their questions, it is your right to request an attorney. Simply say, "I would like to speak to an attorney before answering any questions."

5. Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent:

   - You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself under the law. You can politely say, "I choose to remain silent," if you do not wish to answer specific questions.

6. Record Details:

   - Take notes during your conversation with the detectives. Record the date, time, location, names of the detectives, and any questions asked. This can be useful later if needed.

7. Consult an Attorney:

   - Consider consulting an attorney before making any statements or providing information. An attorney can provide legal advice and ensure your rights are protected.

8. Do Not Consent to Searches:

    - You have the right to refuse consent for searches of your property or person. If the detectives request a search, it is generally advisable to consult an attorney first.

9. Stay Informed:

    - Educate yourself about your rights when dealing with law enforcement. Understanding your rights is crucial for protecting yourself during any investigation.

10. Document Everything:

    - After the interaction with the detectives, document what was discussed, any promises made, or any actions taken. This documentation can be valuable if legal issues arise.

11. Seek Legal Advice:

    - If you are a suspect in a criminal investigation, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. They can guide you through the legal process and help protect your rights.

Remember that cooperating with law enforcement within legal boundaries is essential, but it's equally important to ensure your rights are respected during the process. If you have concerns about your interactions with detectives or the nature of the investigation, seek legal counsel promptly. An attorney can provide the best guidance based on your specific situation.

About Frank Walker Law

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer, and Personal Injury Attorney who has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, a member of the National College for DUI Defense, Best Attorneys in America, Best Law firms of America, America’s Greatest Attorneys, and a Top AVVO Rated attorney, with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

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