Pretext Calls – What You Need To Know

January 16, 2008

News that United Kingdom law enforcement officials are set to begin trying to make rape suspects incriminate themselves via telephone or text message means there’s no time like the present to review pretext calls. This self-incriminatory tactic is often used by California police early on in rape cases, and you need to know how to protect yourself against the dreaded pretext call.

What is a pretext call? It may be from a friend, stranger, child, adult, or old acquaintance. Generally, the person will call and start asking questions about old accusations or events in an attempt to get you to say something self-incriminating. For example, the person might be an old girlfriend who brings up a situation that could be construed as date rape. If you apologize or acknowledge the incident on tape, even if it’s an incident you did not feel guilty of or involved in, the tape could be used as evidence at trial. Pretext calls are an extremely controversial police tactic, but uninformed people are often sitting ducks for this form of self-incrimination.

If you receive a suspicious phone call you believe may be a pretext call, be polite but firm. Refuse to answer questions or engage the caller in a conversation. Hang up as soon as possible and call your criminal defense attorney. The right criminal defense lawyer can help defend you against self-incriminatory statements recorded during pretext phone calls.

The lawyers at Neil Shouse & Associates are experienced in the field of criminal defense. We have what it takes to fight your battle and keep you out of jail. Have you received a pretext phone call? Are you accused of a crime? Don’t act alone. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help protect your rights and freedoms. Act now – call Neil Shouse & Associates today for more information and a free phone consultation.