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Why is silence better if the police come asking questions?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

While it is always wise to consider what you are about to say, there are few times when this is as imperative as when you are under criminal investigation. Many a person has hastened their own demise by allowing their words to flow too freely.

The police, other investigating authorities and prosecutors will all be on the lookout for nuggets of information that someone may inadvertently let slip. Here are some of the ways this may occur:

Through social media, messages and emails

You may feel outraged if you face accusations. Or you may just feel scared. Either way, you need to be very careful about putting your thoughts in writing. Many people will have access to any posts you make, and the authorities may get permission to access messages sent through email or messaging services that you assumed were private.

Face-to-face with the police or investigating authorities

“Do you mind if we ask you a few questions?” or some such phrase from the police means you need to be on high alert. While they may just be wanting information about someone else, it may be they are using this as a ruse to get information about you and your activities. 

Sometimes you may have been in a place close to where, unbeknown to you, a crime was committed and just admitting you were there could see you made a suspect.

Should I lie?

You certainly shouldn’t lie as this could lead to further legal problems, but you are under no obligation to answer the police questions. If you invoke your right to remain silent you can avoid saying something that may incriminate you. You don’t necessarily need to stay silent on the matter forever, but with legal guidance, you can choose what to say and when.

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