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If I witness a crime do I have to give a statement?

The people that live in the house next door to us have always been kinda shady and lately theres a lot more people coming in and out. I think they sell drugs there and prolly do them too. I'm afraid that I will see something that I don't want to see. If they get busted for something and I witness it, do I have to give a statement to the police? I am afraid of the people and don't want to have them come after me for reporting something. I just want to mind my own business and be left alone. I wish they would move.


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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    You are not required to go to the police but on the other hand cooperating with the police is probably the fastest way to get them out of the neighborhood.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/26/2013
    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    If you witness a criminal act you have a duty to report same to the police. Consider dropping a dime on these neighbors and letting the police know that you suspect illegal activity.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/26/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    You do not have to talk to anyone that you do not want to talk to. Cops cannot take you to the cop house for an interview if you do not want to go. You can probably make a report anonymously vial the internet from the local library. Then you might not have creepy neighbors.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/24/2013
    John F Brennan | Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    24001 Greater Mack
    St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    (586) 778-0900
    You can be subpoenaed and compelled to testify, but you are under no duty to report such activities.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You obviously do not want to mind your own business, which is why you are on-line asking questions. You never are required to give a statement, which means when the neighbors burglarize your home, your other neighbors are not required to give a statement about what they saw. That makes sense right. Everyone minding their own business, ignoring the welfare of the neighborhood and community.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/24/2013
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