It was once said that in the United States every person is only a defense attorney away from a police state. This may be a bit overstated and made by a 60s radical group, but the importance of being represented by a lawyer when arrested and charged with a crime can not be overstated.
You may be familiar with the Miranda v. Arizona (1966) warning that police are required to give to anyone arrested or charged with a criminal offense. Also, the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides a person with the fundamental right to legal counsel. The importance of why you need to exercise your right to an attorney and the potential reprecussions if you do not can be clearly explained to you by the attorneys at The Law Offices of William C. Maaia and Associates. You should speak to your attorney before making any statements to anyone including but not limited to individuals related to law enforcement or the judicial system. This may be true even prior to a formal arrest and is certainly the case post-arrest.