4 Things the Police Want You to Know

4 Things the Police Want…

Hi. This is Christina Williams from Just Criminal Law. It's all we do.
I have found people really don't know what to do when the police walk up to them or pull them over because they're not sure of what their rights are. So today, I'm going to tell you about the top four things the police don't want you to know.

Number one, police officers can lie. You heard me right. They're allowed to lie about the evidence they have to try to get you to talk, like saying that your DNA is at the scene of a crime. And the courts have repeatedly held that this deliberate deception by the police is fair.

Number two, unless you have been arrested or detained. You're free to leave. If you're not under arrest or being detained, then the police can't hold you. You should always, always ask if you're being detained. And if you're not, you're free to go.

Number three, the police need probable cause to arrest you. What this means is that they must believe you committed a specific crime. There are many times when they don't have this probable cause until you start talking. And once you've said too much, then they remind you of your right to remain silent. And arrest you.

And number four, the most important thing the police don't want you to know. You have the right to remain silent. So by all means, do. If you're being questioned, you have the right to say nothing. You cannot be arrested for simply remaining silent or refusing to answer questions. And this refusal to answer questions cannot be considered evidence. Politely tell them you're asserting your right to remain silent and ask to talk to a lawyer. Just like you've seen them do on TV a hundred times. Simply say, I don't want to discuss my day. Am I free to leave? This doesn't mean you're guilty of anything.

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