Police officers can lie to you in the process of an investigation. It's a tactic that is used often to obtain the truth of what's going on.
There are a Couple of Lies That Will Get an Officer in Trouble
An investigator cannot pose as a member of a church to get a confession out of you. They can also not lie to you about how the legal system works.
That Cup of Coffee May be Solely to Get DNA
If you are being questioned and a detective brings you a cup of water or coffee or a soda, it may not be just to be nice, it could be to get your DNA.
Being Interviewed and Interrogated are 2 Different Things
An interview is just that, an interview. It is simply a question and answer session to get more clarity in the investigation. An interrogation is very accusatory so a detective can get the truth out of you.
Your Trash is Fair Game
Once you roll your trash can to the curb, it's fair game for police to search it. If you took that drink they offered and threw it away, it is also perfectly okay for them to get DNA from it.
Police Won't Be as Hard On You if You Confess
This is true. Just tell the truth and they will make the experience much more pleasant. Don't think it will get a lighter charge, though, the district attorney could still bring a harsh charge.
No Such Thing as "Off the Record"
This isn't journalism, anything you say can be used in the investigation.
Officers Do Not Have to Tell You Why They are Talking to You
Police detectives have no legal obligation to tell you why they are talking to you or asking you questions.
An Officer Isn't Your Friend
Police officers are not there to be your friend, they are there to enforce the law. Having said that, an officer could be friendly to you to ease the tension of a situation.
You Do Not Have to Talk or Let an Officer Into Your Home
Unless a search warrant is displayed, you do not have to let an officer into your home. If an officer is at your door, you don't even have to talk to them. You even have the right to tell them to leave.
You Don't Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test
If you're pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, you do not have to take a field sobriety test. However, if you do refuse, you may be required to take a blood test which is more accurate anyway.
Ask if You're Free to Go
If you have answered the officer's questions, always ask if you're free to go. If the officer says yes, then you can leave without any further obligation.
Sometimes Officer's Break the Law
You are not perfect and neither is a police officer.
Ignorance IS NOT the Same as Innocence
Just because you don't know about a certain law doesn't mean you can't get in trouble for breaking it.
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