11. If you are the alleged victim of a crime and you call the police to investigate that crime, you can still be accused of some other criminal offense if they see evidence of it in plain view. You will never know what the police have in their file against you, and you will never know your actual potential criminal exposure. When you interact with a police officer, you may be providing evidence to them that may cause them to charge you with a crime that is not even under consideration against you. This is commonly referred to as the plain view doctrine. When you invite the police into your life or home, you are subject to what they see, and you are at risk therein. Many clients who let police into their home, and in plain view, the police will see evidence of another crime, often something drug-related. When the police see rolling papers or evidence of drug use, they will look to investigate further. As a result, inviting the police into your home can cause you to be charged with a crime, even if you are reporting that you are the victim of some other crime.
Example: Someone who was a victim of a burglary of his home, and he invited police into his home. However, as police were looking around, there were things they saw in plain view that led them to believe there was drug trafficking in the home. They got a search warrant and eventually found a drug room, lights, scales, plastic bag, large sums of money and they uncovered an entire drug and distribution center. Just because police were there to investigate an offense that you are the victim of, you could be charged with another serious offense if they witness the evidence of that in plain view.
For these reasons and more, you should never speak to the police, for any reason, ever! As explained, it does not matter if you are innocent or guilty; it is never in your best interest to speak to the police. These are just some of the reasons why it is best to ask for an attorney and to never talk to the police! Guilty people regret talking to the police! Innocent people always regret it, as well.
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