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A investigator came to my place of employment looking for me, stating that I had a warrant. I was out of the office. I called him and he told me that I have been accused of creating an online ad, on offer up, for an escort service using my husbands ex’s information. I had to go to the police station to give him my statement and talk. He didn’t arrest me, but told me very little information except that he had my phone IP address, he had my wi-fi IP address and all my offer up account information. He told me that if I didn’t take responsibility that this case would go to court, and if my kids did this, then they would be investigated. That it could lead to a felony. However, he said if I turned myself in and said I was guilty that I wouldn’t go to jail but I’d have to pay bail and it would more than likely be dismissed as I have never even gotten a traffic ticket in my life. I told him that I didn’t do this but he told me that it was my wifi and my phone used so I told him if my teenagers did this, I would take full responsibility for this crime. I didn’t do this, so my question is what do I need to do? Do you think I need a lawyer? My fear is the investigator is trapping me with lies.
Asked on October 24, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas
B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
You really need to hire an attorney to assist you as soon as possible. This investigator is trying to trap you and you need assistance before you answer any more questions. It is actually legal for an investigator to lie to an accused to get a confession. Based on what you have described, this investigator is lying to you to obtain a confession. It is rare for a felony to be dismissed just because "somone confessed and turned themselves in."
If a warrant was issued, then an attorney can help you turn yourself in, help you arrange bond, and quick turn your release. In the mean time, invoke your right to remain silent and discontinue contact with this detective until you have an attorney.
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