Talking to the police cannot help you. While this seems contradictory, why wouldn’t it help if I tell the truth, evidence shows that it actually never helps. Police officers and investigators will tell you that they have never had a case where someone talked his or her way out of getting arrested. It just doesn’t happen! In the Federal Rules of Evidence 801(d)(2)(a), it explains when evidence can be admitted. It is interesting to note that the words you use can be used against you but never used for you.
Example: We recently spoke to a woman who was charging her boyfriend with assaulting her. During her conversation with the police, the police officer determined that she was potentially stalking her boyfriend. This determination exposed her to criminal liability, and she was later criminally charged herself.
If you are guilty- or even if you are innocent- you may admit your guilt with no benefit in return. Even if you are guilty, there is plenty of time to admit your guilt. People plead guilty every day across the United States. Just because you did not admit your guilt to the police officer does not mean there will not be more chances. Waiting to admit guilt can help you obtain a lower sentence or time to work out a plea agreement. Further, you never know what proof or evidence the police have. They may not have any evidence against you. A confession at the beginning guarantees a conviction with nothing in return for you. Wait to get a lawyer first and let them set up an agreement where you get something in exchange for accepting responsibility for the offense.
Example: Someone was accused of being involved in a hit and run. It turned out that the police had very little evidence that it was this person, except for a description of the car that hit the victim: a red Ford F150. This is a very common car and vehicle color yet by talking to the police; unfortunately, she gave them everything they needed to convict her.
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