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Communication with the police in Israel. The advice of a lawyer Yasar Jacobi

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Most law-abiding citizens seldom interact with the Israeli police, and not surprisingly, being a criminal lawyer, I am regularly confronted with the fact that when you call the police, arrest or questioning, the person falls into a state of shock – regardless of the fact that he did something illegal or not.

Let’s review the basic rules of conduct when interacting with the police

First of all, please take note that the complaint to the police can be enjoyed for very different reasons: family problems, reaching to quarrels and fights, and accompanied by the intention to go to the police; vnutrennee investigation at work (on suspicion of theft, for example); the presence at the crime scene, recorded by video camera, were found the fingerprints, traces of saliva, blood or other evidence and more.

What to do if you’re arrested?

The first thing to do is to contact a lawyer. If you are suspected of a crime, the investigator must notify of right to silence, i.e. not to answer questions, and the right to counsel. In addition, it is important to know that the interrogation should take place in the native language of the suspect. Remember that when arrested, you may request one free call to contact a lawyer.

I strongly suggest in this case to argue with the police, not to file police charges, not to accuse law enforcement of lying and so on. The best option would be the preservation of peace – even if it is only an appearance. But to accept the offer of the police to conduct a search should not be. Remember that if there is no warrant to conduct a search the police can only with your consent. On the other hand, if consent has already been obtained, in no event it is impossible to resist – peacefully wait for the end of this procedure.


Questioning is usually a stress for anyone, but it is very important even at this moment to remain calm and sober. You must understand that during interrogation you have no friends, only interests of the investigation, whose task is to find the culprit. We must remember that the lawyer is not present at the interrogation, so it is important to obtain competent legal advice and to remember the following rules: in any case it is impossible to change his story during interrogation even if the police promise you a reduced sentence of conviction or other concessions in exchange for any additional information, or recognition. Such promises has the right to give only the Prosecutor.

You should also not hide the facts that are easily checked, and to speak the truth – for example to say that you were in the wrong place if you saw it. In most cases, you are caught in a lie, that will seriously complicate the protection process.

It is important to remember that questioning is not confined to conversation with the investigators. Even after finishing formal procedure of your words and actions can be recorded. When detention is strictly prohibited «informal conversation» in the Smoking room or other public areas. Any discussion can be used against you and filed.

I will cite the case of his practice: three prisoners went out into the corridor after the interrogation, and on the Bulletin Board he saw information that the victim wanted to do with them. The defendants began rapidly to discuss the details of the case, not knowing that the wall is installed a hidden camera, and the portrait was posted on the Board specially.

What to do if you suspect that you may be reported to the police?

From the point of view of protection, it is a perfect situation because you can discuss the details and to consider the line of conduct in the office of the lawyer, not the police, being in a state of stress. Before questioning, you must tell the lawyer his version of the incident and discuss how you will answer the investigator’s questions, not to fall into the trap that often put Israeli policeyskie.

Remember: if you find yourself in a difficult situation, you can always ask me any questions by phone : 052-3200009

Address law office of Yashar Jacobi:
Tel Aviv, Shaul and Melech, 35

Tel: 052-3200009, 03-6914004


Communication with the police in Israel. The advice of a lawyer Yasar Jacobi 07.08.2017

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