[quote=EDB]I would do anything more until you speak to a lawyer. You need to protect yourself and your rights.
I sat on a jury once where a defendent talked to the police without a lawyer. The police did not have enough evidence to convict him, so they tricked him by bluffing they were going to run a test that they actually were not able to run. They know all the tricks in the book and will use them to get you to say something that will incriminate you, and without knowing the law you may not recognize it.
The case involved a gang-related drive-by shooting where the gun was not recovered and the defendent was not convincingly placed at the crime scene. That is, except by some vague testimony by an opposing gang member, the victim, who did not show up under subpeona so they arrested him and brought him in an orange jumpsuit to testify.
We did not have enough evidence to convict the kid with the shooting. However, while being questioned, the police said, “what if we run XX powder test on you, then what we find?” The kid said he had been at the firing range the day before. Turned out it was impossible to run the test without a gun, and only the KBI can run it, and only in certain unusual situations – plus it was very expensive and was used sparingly.
Bzzzt. The kid had a previous felony conviction so he just got himself charged with a firearms violation, for which we convicted him with one vote and no discussion. You should have seen that kid’s face in court during questioning when he realized he’d been had.
In your case, you have nothing to hide, but remember the police have a track record of bringing people in just so they can get let out so guilty or not they will be trying to build their case against you using whatever tricks.
Of course, it depends on your faith level.
A coworker at Boeing was the lead engineer in his group, and the computer disappeared. This was when a group was lucky to have a computer at all, and it was very expensive. Boeing security showed up at his house, bluffed their way in, and ransacked it. Finally they caught the actual perpetrator, a person who worked in a different building (duhhh) who drove a little Cushman cart around, and was taking this and other computers and handing them over the fence to another guy with a pickup truck. Oh yeah, did I mention several computers disappeared at once – but they still figured this guy took the one in his department? No apologies whatsoever. The guy sought union protection (is it any wonder engineers were unionized in that company) and they eventually got him his job back under the condition that the union may not say anything about it.
My guess is they will harass you without limit, including convicting you of the crime if they can, unless they happen to get some better evidence. The worst thing for them is to have a crime “unsolved” in that there hasn’t been a conviction. Of course, if they ever find the real culprit, they may eventually let you go without so much as an “I’m sorry.”