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3 reasons to never talk to police without a lawyer

If the police are at your door or pulling you over, it is likely because they suspect you of a crime. If they already detained you, they have enough of a reason to arrest you and want to get you to admit to the crime. Even if you are completely innocent, talking to the police can lead to worse consequences. If you say something wrong or tell a white lie, you could face hefty criminal charges.

There are plenty of reasons that you have the right to remain silent. Keep reading for reasons to never talk to law enforcement while being investigated.

1. It is easy to exaggerate

If you are innocent of the crime, you may be eager to assert your innocence. Doing this without legal counsel can easily result in overstating your case or telling white lies. For example, if the police are questioning you about a robbery, you might deny being in the general vicinity of where the robbery took place. If there is evidence of you being at the same store or close to it, this could ruin your credibility in trial.

2. Police may not accurately remember your statement

Without a formal legal statement, police may mishear or misinterpret your words. If they vigorously questioned you at a crime scene, you might blurt out a defense. The officer may not be writing or recording your statement word for word and state you said something that you did not.

3. You may not be able to repeat the same story exactly

If you talk to police and then again at trial weeks or months later, you will probably tell your story differently. It is much safer to only make a statement once at trial with the help of an attorney. This leaves little room for noticing changes and accidental lies.

For more information, read this article on Vice with advice from a law professor.


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