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What should you do when being interrogated?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2022 | blog, Criminal Defense

No one ever desires to get interrogated by the police in Maryland. It can be a frightening and confusing experience. If you are not sure what to do, you could make things worse for yourself. To have an easier process and desirable outcome, here’s what you need to do.

Remember that you have the right to remain silent

You don’t have to answer any questions the police ask you. In fact, it’s often better not to say anything at all. In most cases, people who talk to the police end up getting themselves into more trouble. The police can lie to you during interrogation in order to trick you into confessing to a crime.

Don’t resist or argue with the police

If you are being interrogated, it’s important to stay calm and cooperative. Arguing with the police or resisting arrest will only make things worse for you. The police may use force against you, and you could end up getting charged with additional crimes.

Don’t agree to a police interview without an attorney present

If the police ask to talk to you, always insist on having a criminal defense lawyer with you. Police interviews are not always fair, and the officers may try to get you to confess or make statements that could be used against you in court. An attorney can help protect your rights and make sure you are not getting interrogated unfairly.

What if the police say you’re not under arrest?

Even if the police say you’re not under arrest, you should still exercise your right to remain silent. The police may try to trick you into talking by saying, “We just want to ask a few questions.” Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court.

It is important to remain calm, polite and decisive. Be very careful about what you say because the police could use anything you say against you.