Prior to going to the police station, it is always best to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.  By contacting a lawyer first, law enforcement will likely tell your lawyer if charges have been or will be filed against you.  If charges are filed your lawyer can help, ensure that you will be released and/or bail is set if your charges fall into the categories where your release is not automatic. Please see our pages regarding bail and discovery reform. Your criminal lawyer will also protect you from making any statements that may incriminate you. It is always important to be respectful to law enforcement, but that does not mean you must answer questions regarding their investigation.  If you have current charges or charges will be filed, it is always in your best interest to voluntarily self-surrender, if possible, with a lawyer by your side.