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CRIMINAL DEFENSE • DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS & HEARINGS

Can I talk to the police if I am careful not to reveal anything incriminating?

No. Do not talk to the police, except to say that you wish to speak to your attorney.

Many people think they are familiar with their rights when being questioned by the police. After all, they have heard the warning, “You have the right to remain silent; you have the right to an attorney; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” in countless movies and TV shows. However, these same people may fail to exercise those rights and may unknowingly incriminate themselves.

Some people think they can outsmart the police. They think they can decide to answer some questions that seem harmless, and then decide to be silent later. This is a bad idea. Police interrogation tactics are designed to get you to reveal things that may incriminate you, even if they don’t seem important. There are many ways that something you say can be used against you in ways you would not even think of.

When the police want to talk to you, exercise your right to remain silent, and your right to an attorney.

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