I realize you are not my lawyer. I am not my lawyer either. My legal training is limited to watching Perry Mason reruns.
I understand the utility of not answering questions upon being arrested, and also that I am not obligated to answer anything beyond my name and identifying information even before that. Is there ever a point, however, where I have to answer questions after I have spoken with an attorney?
Suppose the following scenario -
The police are driving past my house when they notice a dead body lying on my front porch. They investigate, and find that he has been dead for at least four hours. It is about five AM. The dead man is my next door neighbor. He has suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen.
The police can see that I am sitting in my living room. They knock on the door. I make no response whatever. They obtain a search warrant, or do whatever they need to do to get permission to break down the door.
They attempt to interview me to find out what I can tell them about the murdered man. I make no answer. I refuse, in fact, to say anything whatever, except to give my name and birthdate.
Their investigation shows that the knife that killed my neighbor is similar to a set of steak knives in my kitchen. My neighbor’s wife tells the police that my neighbor hated me, because I called Animal Control and had his dog taken to the pound the only time it came onto my property two weeks earlier.
Based on this, I am arrested. I refuse to answer any questions, and I ask for a lawyer, which is provided. Now the core question -
Can I refuse to say anything after I speak to a lawyer as well? I give no alibi, I will not describe anything about the circumstances, I make no effort to explain. I refuse all questions. Can I do that?