You Should Not Talk to the Police – 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent

From the moment you are accused of a crime, everything you say and do could incriminate you. The accused, especially when they are innocent, feel obliged to speak with police in an attempt to seem accommodating and guiltless. If you find yourself accused of a crime, the best option is to remain silent. Immediately call one of Michigan’s top law firms, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to represent you and leave the rest to your seasoned legal representation.

If I’m innocent, what is the harm in speaking with police?

The accused may worry that their refusal to speak will be mistaken for guilt. Whether guilty or innocent, do not speak to law enforcement. Even when innocent, being accused of a crime is anxiety provoking and may cause you to misspeak when telling police where you were at the time of the crime. Failing to remember your whereabouts with 100% accuracy will be perceived as guilty anyway! Additionally, an officer can easily misremember what you said later.

You should not talk to the police

The case of Miranda v. Arizona established that law enforcement officers must inform suspects of their right to consult with a lawyer, have a lawyer present during questioning, as well as the right to a court-appointed attorney if they cannot afford one. The Miranda rights also includes the warning that “anything you say, can and will be used against you.” It is important to note that the Miranda rights do not just say “can be used against you,” the right specifically says “can AND WILL be used against you.” What you say to the police will not be used to help you. At best, any statement denying guilt is self-serving and just creates an issue for a jury and not for the prosecutor when deciding whether to charge you. Given that there is no incentive, why speak? Speaking to police without a lawyer can only harm you and virtually never helps.

If I’m guilty, won’t I benefit from admitting guilt sooner rather than later?

The simple answer is no. Under the care of a seasoned attorney, you will almost certainly be able to receive a better outcome if you do not speak to the police. If something needs to be said on your behalf, a lawyer can and should communicate on your behalf. While police will try to persuade you to admit guilt, claiming that they will go easier on you if you admit guilt now, hold your silence. Anything you say makes the prosecution’s case stronger and your lawyer’s ability to help you reduced. Be very clear, there is nothing you can say that will help you and anything the police say to the contrary is an untrue and a ploy to induce you to incriminate yourself. Don’t fall for it!

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Oakland County Michigan - Criminal Defense Attorney

LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is an award-winning law firm in Michigan that has represented thousands of clients. With a thorough understanding of state and federal law, we will investigate the facts of your case and protect your freedom. In the meantime, we encourage you to exercise your 5th amendment right to remain silent and leave the rest to us. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced lawyer will promptly contact you.