Sometimes police departments are made aware of a crime, but they do not have the evidence to arrest someone. However, they may be given the name of a key suspect. They may have detectives dig up dirt on a person in order to gain evidence and make an arrest.
This is called a criminal investigation, and it involves collecting information about a crime or s suspect in a crime. In doing so, police hope to uncover evidence they can use to apprehend a person and support a conviction in court.
So, if you feel like someone is stalking you, it could be a detective. You may not even know you are under investigation until a police officer or detective asks if they can talk to you out of the blue. Or maybe they are talking to people who know you, such as friends, family members, neighbors, and or employers, trying to gather as much information as they can about you.
This can be a scary situation, but do not panic. Take a deep breath and do the following.
Do not just avoid a detective or police officer. Instead, tell them that you are invoking your right to remain silent. By saying this, law enforcement officials must legally stop questioning you. Just make sure there is no uncertainty. Do not say maybe or you think. Say you will remain silent.
Call a Lawyer
Do not meet with a police officer or say anything until you have spoken with a lawyer. A competent criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what is going on and tell you what to expect. Your lawyer can handle the investigation for you. Keep them apprised of everything that is going on so they can best defend you and get you the best outcome possible.
Do Not Argue With a Search Warrant
If police come to your home with a search warrant, they have probable cause that you committed a crime. Do not argue with them. Do not try to hide anything. Call your lawyer and have them take care of the situation. However, you should not allow police into your home if they do not have a warrant. Do not let them intimidate you.
It can be frustrating to deal with police watching your every move. However, you need to do your best to stay calm. The police want you to get angry. They want you to panic and perhaps talk to them. They want you to talk and hopefully give them some evidence they can use. Do not let them. Instead, stay cool and calm.
Contact Our Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
If you are under investigation by the police, you need to take it seriously. But do not overreact. Instead, contact a lawyer who can guide you and give you advice.
The Austin criminal defense lawyers from Granger and Mueller PC can help you understand your legal rights in such a situation. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (512) 474-9999.