Can a detective issue an arrest warrant if I don’t show up talk to him?

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Can a detective issue an arrest warrant if I don’t show up talk to him?

Two months ago I received a call from detective. Also this person showed up at my house a couple of times. He wants me to talk to him. He said that he wants to show me some paperwork. I asked him what is it about. He said that it’s about credit card fraud. I’m not planning on meeting with him. However, my question is can he arrest me or if he could he would have already done it?

Asked on February 7, 2017 under Criminal Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Under no circumstances speak with the police without having an attorney present.  The fact is that you are under no obligation to go in. This is true even if they come to your home to question you, you do not need to meet with them. You should be aware that you could unknowingly or inadvertently say something incriminating. The fact is that questioning you without your having an attorney by your side is to their benefit. So no matter how intimidating and threatening they seem, do not speak to them without a lawyer. 

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