Law enforcement may attempt to talk to you about an investigation into your activities or charges pending against you, but you do not have to speak with the police. When your future is in jeopardy and serious criminal charges are threatening your future, it is beneficial to remember that whatever you say to the police could come back to hurt you.
You have the right to remain silent, and if the police contact you to ask questions about a criminal accusation against you, it is prudent to use that right. We strive to protect you throughout the entire criminal process, and the lawyers at Lucido & Manzella, P.C., in Clinton Township will work diligently to shield your interests from the very beginning.
Police may reach out to you regarding a criminal accusation against you, but it could be a mistake to talk to them. One of the most prudent ways to protect your interests is to only speak to your lawyer about your case. Law enforcement may say they only want to ask a few questions to get your side of the story, but in reality, they may be looking for statements that can be misinterpreted and used by the prosecution against you.
If there is enough evidence against you to arrest you, law enforcement would do so. It is likely that attempts to talk to you are efforts to gather potentially incriminating evidence against you. As your defense counsel, our attorneys can review alleged information or witness accounts the police claim to have. Our goal is to protect your rights and take immediate steps to start building a strong defense, even if you are not yet facing formal charges.
Instead of speaking to the police, start by securing the guidance of a Michigan lawyer who has your best interests in mind. You can have experienced guidance by your side from the moment you learn you are under investigation. Contact our firm at 586-228-3900 or complete the online contact form for additional information.
We offer a free initial consultation so you will get an opportunity to meet us, and we will have an opportunity to learn more about your legal issue.
Mr. Manzella represents businessman William Weber, who admitted to falsifying an invoice at ex-Macomb prosecutor Eric Smith’s request. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, with felony offenses dismissed during the sentencing.
L’Tonya Marie Payne, a 51-year-old black woman, is facing misdemeanor assault charges following an altercation. The complaining witness, who is white, stated the police would not believe Ms. Payne due to her skin color. Attorney Vince Manzella is working alongside Ms. Payne to fight these allegations, as she was arrested simply on the basis of the witness’s word.
Joseph Wolf, former director of the Detroit Stars, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Wolf pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the nonprofit youth baseball league. Typically, the felony count can result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $15,000, and other charges, but Lucido & Manzella, P.C. was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence.
Charles Frontera, a former Roseville city councilman, was sentenced to a year of probation after a misdemeanor charge was dismissed at sentencing. During a pretrial conference, Mr. Frontera pleaded guilty to substance possession, and in doing so, Attorney Manzella was able to protect the client from severe charges.