Sometimes, interactions with the police can create emotionally charged moments. Unless you want to hire a criminal defense attorney, it’s important to know what not to say. According to the legal team at Myers, Singer & Galiardo in New York, NY, many people worsen the outcome by saying more than they should or speaking rudely. Practicing restraint and understanding what you can say are the best ways to achieve a positive result from your encounter.
What Not to Say to a Police Officer
1. Admit Guilt
The moment you tell a police officer “I did it,” you’ve sealed the case. No matter what strategy you and your criminal defense attorney develop, the prosecution can always reference that you admitted to the crime when police encountered you. Even if you are guilty, you shouldn’t admit guilt. This drastically decreases the options you and your criminal defense attorney will have in court.
2. Say You’ve Been Drinking
Even if you’ve only had one drink and are well under the legal limit to drive, you shouldn’t say anything. Police officers are trained to be suspicious, so even if you say, “I’ve only had one drink,” they will likely assume you’ve had more. They can then use probable cause, and even if you’re sober, arrest you. It’s best to stay calm and cooperate. You and your criminal defense attorney will have powerful grounds to work on if you’re arrested without having admitted to drinking.
3. Consent to a Search
Whether it’s your home, car, or pockets, never consent to a police search. While you may feel confident there’s nothing incriminating in these places, there’s always a chance someone else left, for example, a bag of marijuana in your car, or an illegal substance in your house. If they find these, police will assume they are yours. This puts you in a complicated situation going into court, even if you are innocent.
Being polite and cooperating with police is the best way to handle the situation. If you feel you were wrongly accused of a crime, turn to the criminal defense team at Myers, Singer & Galiardo. They offer a variety of legal services and will help you attain favorable results. Call (212) 986-5900 today to schedule a consultation and visit their website to learn about their police misconduct services.