11 Feb 2012

Should I Talk To The Police Without An Attorney?

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Probably not.

Police officers are trained to obtain statements from suspects, and are authorized by law to use deception, lies and trickery to ferret out illegal activity. As a result, you are very unlikely to say anything to a law enforcement officer which will exonerate you. You usually will only hurt yourself, and will often make yourself appear guilty even if you are not. When representing clients at trial, one of the most difficult things to explain are “inconsistent” prior statements by the client. It is your choice to speak to the police, but it is wise to tell them that you would like to exercise your constitutional right to have an attorney present during questioning.

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