A good refresher...http://www.pringlelaw.ca/speaking-with-police#
Some people will speak with the police assuming that they are simply a witness providing information about some event they were somehow connected to, but end up saying something that causes the police to think they may be guilty as an “aider or abettor,” or an “accessory after the fact.”
In my investigations I did come across some real smart people who, when asked by the police or myself to provide a witness statement, would state they would cooperate but first needed to talk to their lawyer.
One of the pitfalls in giving multiple statements to any investigator...such as, for example, you witnessed a multiple car accident where there will be several investigators representing the different drivers or parties...
...is that by giving them individual statements...you run the risk that your given information might be interpreted to be different from one statement to the next, and you will be 'crucified' on the stand in cross examination.
Another way you can handle this, is to give someone a statement, then immediately request a copy of it, and keep it so that anyone else who will wish to interview you...
...you simply give him a copy of your original statement and don't allow to be questioned.
Also remember that in any serious problem you might have been part of...don't ever talk about what happened in detail, to friends and even family...because what you told them soon after an incident is an exception to the hearsay rule, and those people can be made to testify as to what you told them.
This is because of the res gestae legal doctrine.http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictiona ... Res+Gestae