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When can you leave a police questioning interview?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2021 | Criminal Defense Process

You can always leave a police questioning interview at any time in Florida. If the police detain you, they can keep you for an interrogation no longer than eight hours, unless they have a court order to keep you longer. Should they detain you, they will read you your Miranda rights, wherein you learn that you have the right to remain silent. You may also opt to request your lawyer’s presence. Additionally, they need to inform you that any statements you say during the interrogation can be used as evidence against you.

What questions will the police ask you in the questioning interview?

The police will likely ask you for information such as your name and address, or the date of your birth if you are being questioned for a possible drug-related offense. If the police believe that you may be a witness to an offense you have not committed, they may ask you about where you were at a certain date and time. Any threats or promises are unacceptable on the part of the police if they choose to question you.

What if the police choose to interrogate you?

If the police question you about a possible defense in an interrogative setting, they must inform you of your rights. They must explain to you that you have the right to a criminal defense attorney, and they must be able to bring in an interpreter if necessary. They need to record any of the rights they inform you of. After you have finished the interrogation, you have the right to receive a free copy of the recorded interview within seven business days.

If you’re facing criminal charges, it may be in your best interest to work with an attorney. An experienced criminal defense lawyer could help fight for your rights in court.