4 things to avoid saying to the police

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Florida’s vibrant energy can sometimes spill over into unexpected encounters, including those with law enforcement. According to a 2023 report by the Cato Institute, 41% of Americans have had negative experiences with law enforcement. While these interactions vary in nature, understanding your rights and speaking cautiously can help avoid escalating situations or inadvertently incriminating yourself.

It is important to know what phrases to keep out of your vocabulary during police questioning.

1. You are innocent

While proclaiming your innocence may feel natural, it does not offer concrete evidence and can even make you appear defensive. Stick to factual statements and avoid emotional outbursts.

2. You do not have anything to hide

Saying you have nothing to hide is a seemingly harmless statement that gives officers free rein to ask anything they like, potentially leading you into disclosing information you might later regret. Remember, you have the right to remain silent.

3. Blame someone else

Shifting blame without concrete evidence can create suspicion and even involve you in the investigation. Focus on providing accurate information about what you know or saw, not speculation about others.

4. You will talk if you can make a phone call

Officers are not obligated to let you contact someone before questioning. Instead, politely invoke your Miranda rights and stay silent.

Remember, remaining calm and respectful throughout the interaction is important. Cooperate with lawful requests, but do not feel pressured to volunteer information beyond what is necessary. Knowing what not to say during police questioning can empower you to navigate potentially stressful situations with confidence and clarity. By staying informed and exercising your rights, you can protect yourself and ensure a fair and impartial interaction with law enforcement.

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