The things you should never say to a police officer

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If you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in handcuffs, there are certain things you should never say to a police officer. The following phrases will only make your situation worse, so just keep your mouth shut.

1. “I know my rights!”

This is probably the worst thing you could say to a police officer. They don’t care about your rights, they only care about getting a conviction. So don’t bother trying to lawyer up, it’s not going to help you.

2. “You can’t do this to me, I’m a minor!”

Wrong. The police can do pretty much whatever they want to you, no matter how old you are. Don’t try to play the age card, it won’t work.

3. “I didn’t do anything!”

This is the most common thing people say to the police, and it’s also the least effective. Police officers are trained to handle denials like this, so they’re not going to believe you. Just save your breath.

4. “I’m not going to talk to you without my lawyer!”

Again, this is something people think will help them, but it won’t. The police will just Mirandize you and then you’ll have to talk to them anyway. So you might as well just cooperate from the beginning.

5. “My parents are going to kill me!”

This might be true, but it’s not going to help your situation. The police don’t care about your parents, they only care about getting a conviction. So just keep your mouth shut.

6. “I have a right to remain silent!”

Yes, you do have this right. But it’s not going to help you if you invoke it right away. The police will just think you’re guilty and they’ll be more likely to get a conviction. So just wait until you talk to your lawyer before you say anything.

7. “I want to talk to my lawyer!”

This is something you should definitely say, but not right away. The police will Mirandize you if you say this, so just wait until you’re actually in front of a judge before you invoke your right to counsel.

8. “I didn’t do it!”

This is the most common thing people say to the police, and it’s also the least effective. Police officers are trained to handle denials like this, so they’re not going to believe you. Just save your breath.

9. “I want to talk to a lawyer!”

This is something you should definitely say, but not right away. The police will Mirandize you if you say this, so just wait until you’re actually in front of a judge before you invoke your right to counsel.

10. “I’m not saying anything else without my lawyer!”

Again, this is something people think will help them, but it won’t. The police will just Mirandize you and then you’ll have to talk to them anyway. So you might as well just cooperate from the beginning.

1 Comment

  1. In general, just keep your mouth shut when you’re talking to the police. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. So it’s better to just stay quiet and wait until you can speak to a lawyer.

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