So, what’s the one thing you must NEVER do if you get arrested? Giving a statement to the police…
Do NOT give a statement to police! We have all heard it in the movies and on t.v., “You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”
These are not just empty words—You DO have the right to remain silent, and you SHOULD. Also, anything you say to the police can and WILL be used against you, and statements can be very damaging.
Generally speaking, you do not have to talk to police officers. You cannot be punished for refusing to talk to officers. Lying to an officer can be considered a crime. However, remaining silent is never a crime.
Good Cop, Bad Cop
I’m sure you’ve heard of “Good Cop, Bad Cop”. The good cop tries to act like he’s your friend. He tells you things will be much better for you if you just tell him the truth. You let your guard down and spill the beans, and BOOM, the good cop won. With you having admitted to the crime, it doesn’t make a defense impossible, but it’s definitely much harder.
With that said, you cannot just make casual remarks or give an informal statement about a case. You should assume that everything you tell a cop will go into an official police report.
Next, we have the bad cop. The bad cop will try and bully a statement out of you. He mocks you saying, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, then just answer these simple questions.” He may threaten you with a subpoena, or try to scare you saying it will be worse if you don’t make a statement.
Whether it’s the nice guy good cop, or the arrogant bad cop, you’ve got to stand your ground and refuse to make any statement until you talk to a lawyer.
The reality is, the cops are given leeway in their investigations to lie and make up things in order to get you to talk. These guys are pros, it’s what they’re trained to do. It’s much better for you to remain silent.