The Role of a Police Officer

A police officer’s job is to gather evidence to obtain a conviction, your conviction. When a police officer appears on the scene to investigate a crime he is not there to mediate a dispute, to resolve problems, or to help the parties sort our their differences. He is there to gather evidence to obtain a conviction.

If you have been involved in a criminal episode and you are contacted by a police officer, know that you have no obligation to provide evidence against yourself. You should consult with an attorney before you decide to talk with a police officer — call me. I answer my cell phone evenings and weekends. You do not understand the legal consequences of what you may say. You do not understand that statements you provide may be admissions of guilt. Oftentimes a police officer will not accurately record your statement. If you speak to a police officer on the phone, that conversation will be used against you in court.  I can stop the police from contacting you or questioning you.

These rules apply to your children — you must protect your children. Do not permit your child to be interviewed by a police officer, a teacher, a school administrator, or by anyone until you consult with an attorney. Before you decide to give the police permission to search your car, home, your computer, your backpack, or to conduct any search, consult with an attorney — call me. The police may often tell you that if you cooperate they can make things go easy on you, or if you fail to cooperate that you may be arrested. Giving a confession is much more damaging and painful than being arrested. In felony cases, the police have no authority or power to determine what charges will be filed, how your case will be handled in court, and whether or not you will be “given a deal.” Those areas lie solely within the authority of the District Attorney’s Office.

There are only a few circumstances in which your conversation with another person may be protected or privileged as in the attorney/client privilege. If you discuss your conduct with a friend, a girlfriend, or a cellmate, you are creating witnesses who can be made to come to court to testify against you.

If you are arrested and held in jail until you post a Bond, an experienced criminal may try to get you to tell him why you are there, and what you did, and then take that information to the District Attorney and promise to provide them with your statements in exchange for more lenient treatment in his own case. The more you talk the more likely it is you will be convicted. Do not discuss your conduct with your boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other. Your significant other can quickly become your ex-significant other and become a devastating witness against you. If a theft occurs at work and your company’s security guards or your supervisor want to question you, tell them it cannot be done without your attorney present. Consult with a Denver, Colorado criminal defense attorney before you decide to talk to them — call me at 720-270-2500.