Northern Virginia Defense Attorneys and Local Fairfax Criminal Lawyers Answer: Do You Have to Talk to the Police?

Fairfax Criminal Lawyers and Virginia Defense Attorneys Agree: Do Not Talk

Fairfax criminal lawyer tells allHave you ever wondered whether or not it would be impolite — or even against the law — to refuse to talk to an on-duty police officer?  As a Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney and Fairfax Criminal Lawyer, I often have to answer this question.

The answer is, NO.

You do not have to talk to a police officer, and you will not ever talk your way out of a charge. If the police are asking you questions, it most likely means they suspect you of a crime. Why are they asking questions if they could just arrest you? Well, they may not have enough evidence against you. Their questions are usually tactfully worded to elicit an admission, or to get something out of you to give them a basis to arrest. Even if you are not free to leave, it does not mean you must answer questions. You are Constitutionally protected.

No Virginia Defense Attorneys or Fairfax Criminal Lawyers Would Suggest Acting Disrespectfully

Always be respectful. You have nothing to gain by angering or insulting an officer. If the officer violated your rights or treated you in such a way that you believe something ought to be done, consult a local Fairfax criminal defense attorney or our Northern Virginia criminal lawyer.

We Virginia defense attorneys have much respect for the police, and are glad to have brave men and women in our community who risk their lives doing what they do. We even offer discounts to men and women in uniform. But when it comes to best serving our clients and educating the public, it is personally important as Fairfax criminal lawyer to tell it like it is. Yes, there are bad cops. Most are not bad, but some are inexperienced. Many do not understand the intricacies of the law to the same degree a licensed attorney does. It does not mean they are any less intelligent, it just means they did not go to law school, pass a bar exam, or ever represent a criminal defendant in the court of law (this is just a general rule of thumb, but probably true 99 times out of 100. I would not be surprised if out of every department in the country, a few used to practice law).

Given my experience representing people charged with marijuana possession, DWI, reckless driving, and many other serious offenses, I sometimes give lectures to young adults and teenagers about how to best handle police interactions. You may be interested in reading a recent blog post that discusses what is actually a good idea to say if you are pulled over.

I highly recommend you watch the entire video on this page. It is about 49 minutes, so you may wish to bookmark this site if you have not already. We will be bringing other updates to our blog (for example, additional commentary and reflections on the new “Texting and Driving” laws recently placed in effect in Virginia, plus Virginia Reckless Driving updates and more.  Join our newsletter for up-to-date information. Here is…

the “Vincenzes Law, PLLC, Featured Video of Summer, 2013 in the area of criminal law / criminal defense.  This special lecture-turned-viral video has been heralded as a riveting lecture, and is titled,

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Video-Lecture by Regent Law Professor and Private Criminal Defense Lawyer, James Duane

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Important: If you have been charged with a crime, please realize the significance of “time.”  The sooner you speak with a Virginia criminal defense attorney, the sooner he or she can help you.  Do not worry about annoying a lawyer because you think it may be too soon.  You will not annoy any professional, but waiting too long can hurt you as well as make matters more difficult for your attorney. Please use our free case evaluation form on our homepage, or simply use our contact page, if you want a free consultation in-person, online, or by phone. If you wish, we will also offer a flat-fee price quote.

Our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer and Defense Attorney’s Suggested Links

to read more about the man in the video on this page, Professor Duane, click here,

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.



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