3 Things You Should Know About Police Questioning
You’ve somehow gotten involved in a police investigation and have been brought in for questioning. This can be an intimidating experience whether you were involved in the crime or not and it can be difficult to discern what you should or should not say. Understanding the police’s strategy while questioning involved parties can help you understand what to do while interacting with the police interrogator. Here are three key things to keep in mind.
Don’t Assume the Police are Being Honest
While the police interrogator working with you may seem like he just wants the truth and has your best interest in mind, they’re actually employing psychological tricks to get more information from you. That information may or may not be beneficial to your case and in many cases can easily be twisted against you. Remember, the police are often biased against you if you’re suspected of a crime so your words may come across completely different to them (and a jury) than you intend.
They may even lie about the amount of evidence they have showing you committed the crime, from witnesses to video footage. Without seeing it firsthand, you have no idea if they’re telling the truth and you also know they have a motive to get the perpetrator in jail. It’s in your best interest to assume they are not telling the truth to protect yourself during interrogation.
Use Your Fifth Amendment Rights – In the Right Way
It’s a good idea to keep quiet, especially if you feel the evidence is stacked against you. However, in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Salinas v. Texas that the fifth amendment must be verbally invoked. This means if they haven’t yet read you your rights and thereby invoked your Miranda rights, you should cooperate with any questions the police have for you. Otherwise, your silence could be considered evidence of guilt.
You Always Have a Right to an Attorney
Whenever you face police questioning, understand that you have a right to an attorney. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with questions the police are asking or the direction they are taking with their questioning, do not hesitate to say, “I want to speak with an attorney.” They will not be able to force you to continue interrogation. While this may feel like an admission of guilt, that’s not true and it’s the smartest way to ensure you aren’t lured into a trap where you could be found guilty of a crime after having done nothing wrong.
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