Should I Talk To The Police Or Detective If I’m Under Investigation?
The most damaging evidence in a criminal case is one’s own incriminating statements to police officers. In fact, if everyone accused of committing a public offense kept silent, more than 50% of the cases in Los Angeles would be dismissed or rejected for lack of evidence. Thus, it’s critical one make no statement to law enforcement and demand the presence of an attorney prior to answering any questions.
Contrary to popular belief, talking to police officers will not make any accusations go away. While Police Officers may appear to be friendly and “on your side,” don’t be fooled by this tactic. Police officers deliberately pose friendly to divert the fact that you are under investigation so you comfortably reveal incriminating information. In doing so, you’re merely building a case against yourself.
Additionally, it’s not always certain a police officer is recording your statement via audio or video. If not, police officers have a common tendency to cherry-pick certain portions of your statements to prove your guilt while denying you said other portion showing your innocence.
For example, if you are accused of committing vandalism and you respond to a police officer with, “I’m sorry, I hope you find the guy.” The police officer may testify you only said, “I’m sorry” implying your acknowledgment and consciousness of guilt while the police officer completely denies you ever said the remaining portion of “…I hope you find the guy,” proving your innocence. This unfortunately is a common occurrence.
Providing a statement to a police officer or a detective without the presence of an attorney will substantially impact your ability to defend accusations. If police officers are seeking to question you, contact an attorney right away. The best approach to defeating any accusation is early criminal defense intervention.
Common Police Questioning Tactics Include:
“We just want to know what happened so we can put this aside”
“Now is the time to talk to us.”
“We want your side of the story so we can help you.”
“If you don’t talk to us, it could be the difference of community service or going to California state prison. It’s your decision.”
“You’ll feel much better getting this off your chest.”
“Just be honest and we’ll go easy on you. You have my word.”
“We’ll tell the judge you were cooperative with us.”
“Sorry we have to question you. Our boss makes us do it to everyone.”
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For more information, or if you’re under criminal investigation and the police are seeking to question you, then contact an experienced Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of John D. Rogers. Call us today to schedule your free confidential consultation concerning your rights and defenses.