Nothing good ever comes from answering questions from the police. In fact, many innocent people get convicted of crimes they never committed because they thought talking to the police would help.
You have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. Anything you say CAN and WILL be USED AGAINST YOU in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
You are in your mid-twenties. The police call and say that they would like to talk to you about a robbery that happened. You think, "I didn't do anything wrong. Why do they want to talk to me?" So, you agree to go down to the station. At this point, you have NOT been charged with any crime. The police say, "there was a robbery that happened up the street from you. Do you know anything about that? You say that you heard a robbery happened. The police say, "we were told you were there." (In reality, the police were told by the actual guilty party that the mid-twenties guy was there, but had nothing to do with the robbery). You start talking about why you were there. The police do not use any foul language. They do not raise their voice. They do not slam on the table and yell "tell me the truth." Instead, they have a nice, polite conversation with you. By the end of the conversation, you have now admitted that you were there, you watched the crime happen and you were basically the "look out" for the guy actually committing the robbery. You are now charged with 3 felonies, facing 10 years in jail, and have confessed to the crime on video. Yes, on video because interrogations are videotaped!
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
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