—Not talking to cops is great advice in most situations, but when you are desperately asking the police for help, it seems like very foolish advice.—
I agree. But the key word is “desperately”. But I would also try to examine what skeletons I have in my closet before I did. The Police are like a very powerful piece of machinery. One of my neighbors lost his son to a piece of farm machinery about 14 years ago. His dad couldn’t get to the power source to shut it off in time. The kid was dragged in, cut up and squished like a grape. He was innocent, but the machinery didn’t care.
—Do you tell the cops what happened and describe the attacker or just clam up and say I want a lawyer? Id say thats a no-brainer if you are innocent.—
Regarding that situation, watch the video I linked to. It IS a brainer. And you may want to talk to an attorney. You are there, the weapon is there, and there is a dead guy. The rest of your life could depend on what you say when the cops get there. And most people are murdered by someone they know. The first thing the cops are gonna pursue is that you did it and are blaming it on an unknown attacker.
The video is not only very enlightening, but very entertaining. He uses real life examples of completely innocent people that tell the cops completely innocent things that end up creating a trail that gets them convicted. And often, nobody is lying to get you in trouble. Rather, sincere people just remember stuff wrong or articulate it wrong and, coupled with certain interpretattions of what you say, make you look guilty as sin.
Can’t watch the video at work right now, but I’ll check it out later.
“The first thing the cops are gonna pursue is that you did it and are blaming it on an unknown attacker.”
Sure, but they’ll be checking you out whether you talk or not. If you talk, they might actually catch the real perp, if you don’t, chances are he is in the wind, and you are left holding the bag, at least that’s what I figure.