Lindsay Beyerstein

You don't need a reason not to talk to the police. I'd go so far as to say that anyone who talks to the police when they don't have to is foolish, innocent or guilty. Likewise, it would be crazy not to hire a lawyer if you were a potential suspect in a murder investigation, especially if you could easily afford to do so. Lawyers are paid to look out for your rights. If my reputation and/or my freedom could even potentially be in the balance, I'd want a professional advocate.


Hoo ya, HF! I couldn't agree more. I love it when we agree;)


I took a class on "Legal Aspects of Business" a couple of years ago, and in the 15 minutes we talked about the Bill of Rights, the instructor said, "Any time the police want to question you, tell them you want a lawyer. It doesn't matter that you didn't do anything. They have the resources of the state behind them and they are looking for an arrest."

Reading you today, I'm reminded that he wasn't blowing smoke. Excellent post.


>>> [L]awyering up has never been a sign of a guilt, even by the parents of a murdered child. It's just a sign of a lack of faith that the police will come to the right conclusion. And often that lack of faith is warranted.

Wow. I would never have expected this from you. Have you started doing defense work or something? Bravo!

h sofia

Agreed. Even if you are innocent, the police and prosecutors sometimes just don't care.

The Happy Feminist

Richard, I would never expected you never to have expected this of me. Don't forget I went to law school to become a public defender and wound up on the law enforcement side through a series of unexpected events.

The Happy Feminist

Not to mention that it's not like prosecutors are opposed to things like the presumption of innocence and the right to remain silent!


In law school, I distinctly remember the comment from one of my criminal law professors:

The police are not in the business of proving innocence. That is a myth. The police are in the business of proving guilt, arresting, and convicting people. The only thing they will do with your information is try to prove someone guilty--maybe you. Get a lawyer.


"Not to mention that it's not like prosecutors are opposed to things like the presumption of innocence and the right to remain silent!"


Maybe in the abstract they agree with it.

But do you not think that many prosecutors want people talking to the police? Do you not think that they are frustrated and think badly of the people who refuse to talk?


Despite my skepticism about your comment, I do appreciate your main post.

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