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Don’t assume a police officer is being honest

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Criminal Defense

When you talk to the police, they may directly state or just imply that you should tell the truth. You may assume that this means that police officers also need to tell the truth to suspects, whether it’s an official interrogation or not. Doesn’t it go both ways? 

In reality, though, the police often have free rein to lie if they would like. You certainly should not assume that they are telling the truth, as they may be changing details or completely inventing fabricated stories. In fact, this is often a tactic used to manipulate people into making false confessions.

How would this work?

There are many different ways that the police may try to do this. For example, say that officers have arrested two people who they both suspect were involved in a corporate embezzlement scheme. The police may tell one person that the other has already confessed when no such confession exists. They are intentionally lying to one suspect – or perhaps to both – to try to trick one of them into giving a confession. 

What can you do?

The important thing is to remember that you do have a right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions from the police. You also have a right to legal representation. So even in situations where you do need to answer, you can request to have your legal counsel present while you do. You do not have to talk to the police without a lawyer. 

As you can see, it’s very important to understand all of your legal rights and options when facing arrest. It may help to work with an experienced legal team if you’re facing serious charges.