What Should I do if An Officer Asks Me to go to The Police Station to Talk About an Indecent Assault and Battery Charge in Massachusetts?
A charge of Indecent Assault and Battery does not usually start with an arrest. A police officer can put out an arrest warrant and pick you up, but for many people it starts with a. Call from the Detective. The Detective will say something to the effect: We need you to come down to the station today at 10 AM. Usually they will make it sound like it is required and not optional. But you have no obligation to go to the police station and should not go.
An officer inviting you down to the police station will be very polite, thank you for coming to the station to clear something up. You will be in a room and they will read you Miranda rights.
But while they seem like they are trying to help you, the real goal is to get your to admit to the criminal accusation that has been made against you. You should not go to the police because officer are trained in how to get people to admit to things, to say things and have you confess to the charge they are investigating.
An officer at one of these meeting is under no obligation to tell you the truth. You might sit down and the officer will have a thick file in front of him, letting you believe the case is stacked against you; an officer could say that have you on video or embellish the strength of the case against you.
If you decline to speak to the police, one of three things is likely to happen. Each of these alternatives are better than you going to the police station.
- The police officer will issue an arrest warrant and pick you up on the warrant and bring you to court. You should be brought before a magistrate on the issue of bail if the court is closed and released, or brought to the court for an arraignment.
- The officer may not have enough evidence to issue the charges and nothing will happen.
- You will get a summons in the mail for the charge of indecent assault and battery.
If you have no record, the most likely alternative is that you would get a summons for an arraignment on the charge of Indecent Assault and Battery.
If the charge is a Rape charge, It is likely they would issue an arrest warrant. When a police officer has a strong case against a defendant, usually they would simply issue the charges. It is cases that are much weaker that the officer looks to speak to the defendant to attempt to bolster the case before the person has a chance to hire a lawyer.
If you face changes of Indecent Assault and Battery, feel free to contact Attorney DelSignore anytime by call or text at 781-686-5924.