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The importance of remaining silent

It’s human nature to want to defend yourself. Most people can’t resist trying to explain their conduct to police when confronted with questioning. The urge to confess or the need to talk your way out of trouble is irresistible. The police know this and take advantage of it every day.

What a person does when they speak to police during questioning is to establish their story for the remainder of the case. A statement to police ties your hands to that statement forever. If your statement changes later on, the change will be used against you. Your statement will be presented to the jury, but only if it hurts you. That’s right, only statements that make you look guilty will be used by the prosecutor. This may sound incredible, but there are rules that usually stop the defense from using statements which you made that support your innocence. So, when faced with the decision to talk to police, keep quiet. If you incriminate yourself, it will be used against you. If you make a statement that makes you look good, the chances are the jury will never hear it.

It does not make sense to talk to the police. If asked to make a statement, invoke your right to remain silent. If you are facing criminal charges and need effective representation, call Gabriel L. Grasso at 702-868-8866




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