There are few pressure situations as intense as the one a person experiences when they are interrogated by police about a serious crime. Questioning can be grueling and repetitive, as officers probe and parry, trying to find cracks in a person’s story or get an interviewee to make contradictory statements.
This kind of questioning is a routine part of police investigations, such as the one Weirton police officers recently conducted in the death of a 58-year-old area man. His body was found in Harmon Creek two weeks ago. According to a TV news report, police originally said they suspected no foul play was involved in the death, but nine days later arrested a local man on a charge of second-degree murder.
The 47-year-old suspect had been questioned by police early in the investigation, according to the report It has not yet been disclosed what he said that changed investigators’ minds.
His statements were apparently reviewed by the Hancock County Prosecutor before the arrest.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys know that in many cases, people will say things under questioning that can give officers the wrong impression, or they can inadvertently implicate themselves. That’s why attorneys stress the importance to clients of declining to discuss allegations or crimes without your lawyer present.
Your attorney can help you with the police interrogation process, protect your Fourth Amendment rights and safeguard your interests. In many situations, a person can avoid arrest entirely or with the help of their attorney, begin laying the groundwork for an effective defense.
Please see our Weirton Criminal Defense Lawyer page to learn how the Law Office of P. Zachary Stewart can help you in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.