Why should I never speak to the police without an attorney present?

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When arrested, you should never speak to the police without consulting an attorney. It is critical to understand your basic constitutional rights, including your right to remain silent. You should be aware that when arrested, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. This is why it is imperative to retain the legal services of an experienced attorney. Despite many knowing their Fifth Amendment rights, they still neglect to invoke their Miranda Rights and wind up self-incriminating. The police use various tactics to obtain confessions. When arrested, it is critical to invoke your right to have an attorney present while being interrogated by the police. Keep reading to learn why you should never speak to the police without an attorney present. In addition, learn how a seasoned Memphis Criminal Defense Attorney can help defend your rights and interests. 

Why should I have an attorney present when speaking to the police?

Police officers are trained in numerous ways to obtain admissions. It is important to understand that police officers are not on your side. As mentioned above the police will use several different tactics to get you to accidentally admit something that incriminates you. If you fail to invoke your Miranda Rights and do not have an attorney present you may not understand all of your rights. Police officers can and will lie to you. Although you cannot lie to the police, they can lie to you to get you to confess. If you are innocent they will try to intimidate you into revealing inconsistencies that they may use as evidence of guilt. Furthermore, police officers may promise they will put in a good word if you cooperate and get you a good deal. However, the police do not have the authority to offer any deals. Only the district attorney prosecuting the case can make deals regarding your sentencing. Without an attorney present, you may be tricked into confessing. However, an experienced attorney has extensive knowledge of police tactics. Ultimately, whether you are guilty or innocent, it is always a bad idea to speak to the police without an attorney present. Having an attorney present during an interrogation can help prevent harsh penalties.

In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love is arrested, it is imperative to understand your constitutional rights. You always have the right to remain silent. You may not be aware of police tactics that can cause you to accidentally say something that can be used as evidence of guilt. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our skilled and trusted attorneys. Our firm is prepared to represent your interests in court. Allow us to fight on your behalf to defend your rights.