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Be aware of how the police try to get you to incriminate yourself

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Criminal Defense

When you’re under investigation for a criminal offense, the police are going to try to get you to talk so that they can build their case off your admissions. It might sound easy to avoid making incriminating statements, but investigators are adept at utilizing sneaky tactics that lull you into a false sense of security or that leave you feeling compelled to talk. Either way, when you’re under investigation, you can be left in a delicate position, and if you make a mistake, you may end up damaging your criminal defense.

How the police try to get you to talk about allegations of criminal wrongdoing

There are several strategies the police have at their disposal. So, as law enforcement approaches you about an investigation, they might do any of the following:

  • Promise to go easy on you so long as you provide them with the information they want.
  • Lie to you about evidence they have implicating you in crime.
  • Threaten you with harsher penalties if you refuse to talk.
  • Threaten your loved ones with arrest if you don’t cooperate with questioning.
  • Use intimidation tactics to leave you fearing for your physical safety if you don’t talk.
  • Ask you to take a lie detector test to give them the proof they need to stop investigating you.
  • Ask you leading questions that make it all too easy for you to agree with them.

Remember, when you’re subjected to custodial interrogation, you have the right to remain silent and the right to have your attorney present. So, you’re best off not saying anything until you can confer with your legal advocate, that way you won’t say something that will come back to bite you later.

Don’t let the police derail your criminal defense

Even if you’ve made an incriminating statement to the police, you might still have strong criminal defense options available to you. This is especially true if your rights were violated in some fashion, in which case you might be able to block your statements from being used against you in court.

But the onus is on you to build the aggressive criminal defense that you need. So, if you’ve been accused of criminal wrongdoing, then now is the time to start building your defense strategy.


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