Several situations exist in which you may interact with law enforcement. If this interaction involves questioning about a suspected crime, or if you are facing criminal charges, it is important to be careful about how—and if—you respond to questions. Law enforcement might pose questions in an attempt to gather incriminating information on you, so you need to be prepared. 

Below are three questions that police officers and other law enforcement officials might ask you if you have been accused of a crime. In most cases, you are not obligated to answer questions without legal consultation, and you should be cautious if you are asked any of the following inquiries:

Details of whereabouts

Any person suspected of criminal activity is likely to face questioning about her or his whereabouts during the crime. If you are arrested or questioned in the midst of the supposed act, you may face questions about why you were at the scene and what you were doing. Any inquiries of this nature can be used by the prosecution to support criminal charges against you.

Information on the crime

If you have been charged with, arrested for or connected to a crime in any capacity, it is typical procedure for law enforcement to ask questions about the crime itself. These questions might include details about when, where and how it occurred. Even if you are innocent, responding to these inquiries can easily be incriminating, so it is best to carefully consider the consequences before responding.

Personal identification

According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Texas is not one of the four states in the country that legally requires citizens to provide identification to law enforcement without cause. If a police officer or other official asks you to identify yourself, you may not be obligated to do so if you feel there is no probable cause for such a request, but failure to comply may escalate legal action. It is best to assess the situation and decide whether you should contact an attorney.