The incident occurred on September 30, when police were called to a Las Vegas residence, where a 22-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the head. The juvenile was detained for questioning, and the incident was initially investigated as an accidental shooting. Because the suspect was a juvenile, further information about charges was not available.
Although we are not familiar with the details of this case, this incident was unfortunate in all aspects. It is a good reminder of why you need a lawyer when police are investigating you for a crime.
Police often get people to answer questions under the guise of saying they want to rule them out as a suspect. This implies that police are on your side, and people want to believe this. But police are not on your side. No matter how good your intentions are, if you are suspected of a homicide, you will not be able to clear up confusion and eliminate suspicion in a short sit-down interview with law enforcement. Even the most innocent, harmless, or helpful statements can be twisted to bring charges against you and destroy your defense.
Police cannot use physical force in an interrogation, but they are allowed to be deceptive and misrepresent facts to suspects. They can say that they found your DNA evidence at a crime scene, when in fact they did not. They can say that your friend has confessed to a crime, when in fact they have not. These tactics are coercive and controversial, but they are legal.
Old adages like “the truth will set you free” do not apply in police interrogations. Interrogations are searches for evidence and suspects, not the truth. Remember, you have the right to an attorney, and the right to remain silent. Many people believe that if you are innocent, you do not have anything to hide.
But, people who cling to this ideology have never been interrogated by highly trained law enforcement who are laser-focused on trying to get a confession. When police are looking for specific information, shifting the focus to another suspect can be almost impossible. The scales of justice are not balanced.
If you are convicted of first-degree murder in Nevada, you face up to life in prison, or the death penalty. If you are convicted of second-degree murder, you face life in prison with possible parole after ten years. If you are facing murder charges, you are facing years, and potentially the rest of your life behind bars.
Don’t jeopardize your future and your freedom by participating in a police interrogation, or following the advice or suggestions of well-meaning friends or family. You simply cannot afford to risk the rest of your life.
Contact LV Criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation. Nick Woolridge and his team fight hard and win tough cases.
We will work with you to get the best possible outcome for your case, no matter what you are facing.