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I recently vandalized a car in another state, and the guy I

did it to knows my...
I recently vandalized a car in another state, and the guy I did it to knows my phone number but not who I am. This morning I got a message from a detective saying he wants to do a followup with me regarding a criminal mischief investigation in which he was given my number. There should be no physical evidence that I did anything, but there is circumstantial evidence. What should i do/ should I ignore it?
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Hello,

Welcome to JustAnswer and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. Please remember that there might be a delay between your follow up questions and my answers because I may be helping other clients or taking a break.

Do not call them back! The detective will want to speak with you, and can/will use anything you say against you. This is a common scenario. If they had enough to arrest you, they would have already. Therefore, do not give them more evidence by your interview.

See here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

In any case, the only thing you should be doing is possibly calling back stating "My attorney will be in touch." Then retain an attorney and follow their advice. This is the best thing you can do in said scenario. Do not ignore, but do tell them that you will have an attorney contact them, and retain one. Do not go down there, especially alone.

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Hi I like your answer but I need a little clarification. you say in bold to not call them back , but later you say that I should call back and say my attorney will be in touch. I really would rather not getting an attorney. So which are you recommending? Also should anything else develop in this matter can I contact you again for more advice?
Oh, my apologies - let me clarify:

If you feel that the ONLY thing you will say is... "I am in receipt of your message and will have my attorney contact you. I am declining any interview at this time. Thank you." ... then you can call them and tell them just this, and nothing else.

If you feel you will say anything else or can be bullied into talk on the telephone, then do not contact them at all.

Either way, the next step is then to retain your attorney.

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