Fortunately, I have never been personally questioned by police officers, though I have witnessed others’ experiences.
I have seen some people get away with no penalty, while others received hefty charges for doing the same crime. The unequal serving of punishments is partly due to the police officers, but it has a lot to do with the people being questioned.
One of the best pieces of advice my best friend’s parents ever gave me was to never talk to police officers without your parents and/or a lawyer
present. Both her parents are lawyers, and throughout the years between middle and high school they or their partners represented many of our classmates.
Without saying names or spilling specific details, they told us that most of the kids hurt themselves by letting their emotions take over during their arrest.
Releasing tears is fine, but being belligerent or trying to become an intelligent lawyer will only fuel the fire that will later tarnish the pristine trophies your adoring parents have saved in the attic.
Being questioned by police officers is obviously a stressful situation. In a stressful situation some people get very quiet, but others become quite loquacious.
A lot of people think that if they decide to use the Fifth Amendment, which states people are not required to testify against themselves, they will seem more suspicious and will later be used against them.
Here’s something to chew on: If the police are arresting you and putting handcuffs on you, they already suspect you of being guilty.
If talking to the police does anything, it’s nothing good. It’s rare that someone talks his or her way out of being arrested. If you decide to lie, there’s a pretty great chance that the lie will unravel at some point. Lies can unravel through contradiction of your own words or those of others.
If you take the time to get a lawyer, then you’ll be able to learn whether there are witnesses for or against you, and you’ll learn what is wise and legal to include or leave unmentioned.
Even if you tell the truth, the adrenaline and nerves running through your body may cause you to accidently throw in some white lies or warped details. When you are trying to make yourself sound innocent, you may overcompensate your past or personality.