WHAT TO DO IF ...
Police Officers Ask to Interview You
An officer asks to speak with you regarding a crime the police think you might have committed. Many people want to assert their innocence and give statements that could be used – or misused – against you.
ADVICE: Politely tell the officer you will be happy to speak with him or her just as soon as you can have your lawyer present. NEVER RESIST ARREST or act rudely to police. Don’t make a bad situation worse. Besides, the police have a tough job to do so give them a break.
Arrested in Muskegon, Allegan, Ottawa, Oceana, Newaygo, Kent, Mason, and Manistee counties? Ask the booking officer to call Mike Walsh, Lawyer immediately. Say nothing else. 231.725.4200. After-hours: 231-750-0424.
You’re Driving After Drinking
Police pull you over after you’ve been drinking. You do not believe you are drunk. Police ask you to blow into a device for a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).
General Advice: It is a civil infraction to refuse to take the PBT.
ADVICE: Don’t drive after drinking. Even imbibing a small amount of alcohol might affect your ability to drive. If you are stopped, cooperate with the officer. BUT immediately call your attorney.
Call Mike Walsh:
Your Child Is Charged With A Crime
Police have come to your door to ask to speak with your child concerning an incident.
ADVICE: Politely tell the officer you will arrange a meeting just as soon as you can have your lawyer present. Caution your child to make no statements to anyone – even to you – at this point.
Call us 24/7: 231.725.4200 . After-hours: 231-750-0424.
You’ve Been Arrested
Police have arrested you and taken you into custody. For many people, our first reaction is to start talking, to assert our innocence or pin the blame on someone else.
ADVICE: Be quiet. Go along peaceably with the officer but make no statement whatsoever other than “I want a lawyer.”
NEVER RESIST ARREST or act rudely to police. Don’t make a bad situation worse. Besides, the police have a tough job to do so give them a break.
At your earliest opportunity, call us: 231.725.4200 . After-hours: 231-750-0424.
There’s Been a Serious Injury
A motor vehicle accident happens and police seek a statement.
General Advice: Cooperate and provide police details of the vehicular accident. However, if there is reason to believe you may have contributed to the death or injury due to use of controlled substances, alcohol, driving in the commission of a felony, etc. seek a lawyer’s help immediately.
Personal Injury: You (or another person) Were Injured
When an emergency happens, call 911 and cooperate with police and fire officials and paramedics. Get appropriate medical help. But just as soon as the medical issues have been addressed, contact us –even on nights and weekends: 231.725.4200 . After-hours: 231-750-0424.
The advice provided here is general and is not necessarily applicable to your particular situation. Before acting, consult your attorney for SPECIFIC ADVICE.