When you’re stopped by the police, it’s important you know your rights. When a police officer arrests you, or stops you, they are conducting a criminal investigation and are looking to make an arrest. It’s in your best interest not to cooperate and talk to the police unless you’re the victim of a crime. In fact, you have a fifth amendment right to remain silent. This amendment means that no person can be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself/herself. You have the right to remain silent!
If a police officer approaches you on the street, you can ask the officer “Am I free to go.” If the officer says yes – then you should leave. However, if the officer says YES you should then leave. If the officer says no, then you should consider yourself a suspect and it’s at this point you should exercise your 5th amendment right and remain silent. The officer cannot, and will not, arrest you for not answering their questions. Don’t try talking to the police into not arresting you. If you act suspicious, he has probable cause to do so. If the officer wants to search you, it’s important you tell the officer you do not consent to the search. The officer might decide to search you anyway, but it’s advisable that not agree to the search by expressly saying you don’t consent to the search.
It’s important you are aware of your rights and don’t speak to law enforcement. If you are not aware of your rights, it could hurt you. By not talking to the police, you give your Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer a great opportunity to prepare an effective defense on your behalf.
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Why you should not talk to the police
We’re sure you’ve seen cases on the news where a prosecutors case is made – due to the client speaking too much. When you speak to the police, you risk confessing, or by providing just enough information – they can charge you with a crime. Even if you don’t think what you’re saying is important, the best thing possible is to remain silent. Talking to the police cannot help you at all.
You’re at a disadvantage when talking to the police
Police officers are trained to getting admissions and confessions from people. Anything you say to the police can be used against you. Police officers can attempt to mislead you into incriminating yourself. Moreover, officers may misunderstand what you say. You could unintentionally admit to knowing some facts which can be used to prove your involvement and potential guilt. Some people feel the need to lie during an interview, which can put you under suspicion. The police officer could even put words into your mouth, and claim you made incriminating statements.
Some police officers might lie, and claim they have authority to make deals with you or give leniency. The only person who can do that is the prosecutor.