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Watch what you say to police in any interaction

No matter who you are, interacting with police is never something you should do carelessly. While an officer may seem casual and reasonable during an interaction, it is important to remember that police officers are always gathering evidence during conversation, even if they do not announce this fact or act as if they are doing so.

There is usually nothing illegal about this, unless an officer violates your rights during the course of you interaction. It is important to note, however, that police often have the legal ability to lie or mislead a suspect in conversation to assess whether or not a crime occurred. You must understand that every single thing that you say in any interaction with police may count against you in court, even if the officer is speaking with you casually.

If you do face criminal charges after an interaction with police, don't wait another day to begin constructing a strong legal strategy. Invest in your own future and begin building your defense immediately, to shelter your rights and protect your future opportunities.

It's all evidence

Once you understand that everything you say to an officer may count as evidence, it is easier to understand how to protect yourself. You must limit what you say and speak carefully when you do.

The law usually requires that you provide an officer with your name and some form of official identification. Beyond this, you are free to refuse to answer any other questions or even say anything at all. It is important to understand that refusing to speak with a police officer isn't likely to keep you from receiving charges, but can help you build your defense against charges once you receive them. In simple terms, the less you say to police, the less evidence against you.

Protect your rights first

Remember that you may inform the officer at any time that you do not wish to answer a question and that you want to have your attorney present before saying anything else. While this may or may not defuse the interaction, it indicates to the officer that you understand your rights. Depending on the nature of the interaction, you may choose to speak with the officer carefully rather than refuse to answer any questions.

Do not lie to an officer

Whenever you speak with an officer, it is wise to tell the truth or simply refuse to answer a question. You don't ever want to lie to an officer. This may lead to additional criminal charges, and is not likely to help you defend yourself. Always avoid lying to an officer and opt to request that your attorney is present before you answer any more questions.

Defending yourself against criminal charges is a very important task, and one that you should take seriously. Make sure that you do not wait to build your defense any longer than you have to, to give yourself as much time as possible to consider the evidence and respond appropriately. Your rights and future freedom may depend on your willingness to act quickly in your own interests and remain quiet when it is wise to do so.

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