Talking to the police CANNOT help you, EVER:
Police want to talk to you because they suspect you have committed a crime. If you are detained, they already have enough evidence to arrest you and they want to see if you will admit it and provide them with a stronger case against you. If they have evidence to arrest you for a crime, they will. If they don’t, they won’t. It’s that simple. Talking to them or not talking to them will not make a difference. No one has ever talked their way out of an arrest.
Even if you’re GUILTY:
You may want to confess your crime and get it off your chest, but talking to the police will only hurt your more. Retain a lawyer first and let the lawyer set up a deal where you get something in exchange for accepting responsibility for the offense. If you confess to the police, you will get nothing in return. You probably will get a harsher prosecution because they have confession and their case is airtight.
Even if you are INNOCENT:
It’s easy to tell a little white lie in the course of a police statement. This happens frequently. An innocent person will try to assert their innocence and take it a bit too far by denying some insignificant fact because they want to sound as innocent as possible. If the police have evidence that a lie was made, it makes your entire statement look like a lie.
Even if you tell the only the TRUTH:
It is possible to give the police some detail of information that can be used to convict you. Any and all information collected can and will be used against you to build a case.
Even if you have been ARRESTED:
If you are in police custody, it is important that you do not say anything or sign anything without the presence of a lawyer. Being arrested means that have evidence against you and anything you say can have harsher consequences than what the original arrest was for.
Leniency in exchange for getting as STATEMENT:
The police do not have authority to make deals, grant leniency or negotiate a plea agreement. The only entity with this authority is the State Attorney or U.S. Attorney. Despite a police officer’s claim that “they are trying to help you”, they are only gathering information to help build a case against you.
There is never a good reason to speak to the police without an attorney.
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