At Gallian Firm, I talk a lot about what to do when Detectives or law enforcement personnel calls. I do that because people often over-estimate their ability to “handle the situation” in a sexual assault investigation. Meaning, people always think they will be able to talk their way out of it. Most offenses that you are arrested for in the State of Texas occur in front of a police officer. However, some offenses – sexual assault, indecency with a child, possession of child pornography, etc. – often require a detective to investigate the case over weeks or months before making an arrest. The single best advice I can give, is call my firm immediately when a Detective calls you so that I can be your sexual assault lawyer. As for the things you should not do, here are the top 5:
- Do not agree to an interview unless you have an attorney with you. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – innocent people confess all the time. Don’t let this be you.
- Lie – don’t do it. Detectives, barring a few exceptions, are pretty smart individuals and likely have a lot of information in their case before even calling you. Lying is a good way to become suspect number 1.
- They want you to take a polygraph – don’t do it unless your sex crime lawyer has investigated the polygraph examiner and knows their credentials. Like every profession, there are a lot of bad apples out there.
- Stop Guessing – “why would they make this allegation against you?” – Ahhhh one of the detective’s favorite questions. Don’t play the “guessing other people’s mindset” game. You will lose and it’s a trap.
- Forget to Call Gallian Firm immediately – whether I talk to detectives or decide against that has to be the right decision for your case. That decision needs to have your best interests at mind at all times. If there is a time to be selfish, it’s now.
Here at Gallian Firm, I aim to answer all of your questions and worries in the first meeting with sex crime lawyer. Use the form on this page and set up an appointment. Before you come in, write down all of your biggest questions, and let me answer them for you.
– Your Sexual Assault Lawyer