Top criminal defense attorney Saul Bienenfeld, founding partner at Bienenfeld Law, revealed on a recent episode of the Legal Insights Podcast, everything you should and shouldn’t do when dealing with the police in New York. For more information please visit https://bienenfeldlaw.com
— In a recent episode of the Legal Insights Podcasts, top criminal defense attorney Saul Bienenfeld, founding partner at Bienenfeld Law, revealed everything you should and shouldn’t do when dealing with the police in New York.
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When asked about the main problem he faces, Bienenfeld said, “Everyone thinks that they’re smarter than the police or law enforcement and that they can talk their own way out of trouble. And truthfully, they can’t. Unfortunately, people do talk to the police, and it ends up really hurting them in the end.”
According to Bienenfeld, speaking to police without legal representation present can be severely detrimental to a case, particularly in districts that invest a lot of resources in police investigations.
"It happens to be that in most cases that people do talk to the police. Because some police investigations are done so well, they have all the information upfront no matter how smart the client thought he was."
Bienenfeld added that when the police come to talk to you, the best thing to do is to remain silent.
However, people often assume that if they don’t speak with the police that they will automatically be perceived as guilty and get arrested. This is far from reality, according to Bienenfeld.
“Newsflash: if the police are there to talk to you because they suspect you, then there’s absolutely nothing you can say to prevent them from arresting you. You’re going to get arrested anyway. So, no matter what story you give them, you’re not going to be able to talk your way out of it once they have the mindset that you’re a suspect,” he added.
Unfortunately, Bienenfeld added, most of his clients have spoken with law enforcement before seeking out his advice. It ends up that the client who talks does get arrested, and the question becomes what to do afterward.
“I would recommend that the person call at least two competent criminal defense attorneys, speak with them, get their opinion on the case before making a decision on how to proceed. But before speaking with the police, the best thing to do is call an attorney and have the attorney do the talking on your behalf,” he said.
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