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What Kind Of Training Do Police And Detectives Receive When It Comes To Questioning People? Are They Allowed To Lie?


Police are absolutely allowed to lie. They can tell you whatever they think is going to be necessary in order to get you to give a statement to incriminate yourself. Police are trained in questioning and oftentimes receive continuing education on how to elicit a confession as easily as possible. Many of the methods that police have been trained in have been shown to lead to false confessions. This is one more reason that it is very important to not give a statement to police or to have an attorney with you, if you do decide to give a statement.

The Police Officer Said He Would Go Easy On Me, If I Cooperated. Is That True?

Law enforcement does not have the power or the discretion to choose what you are charged with. What the police officer can do is lie to you to get you to help them investigate their case. Ultimately, there is nothing that is going to hold them to this promise. They can refer the case to the prosecutor for charging at any time.

I Was Stopped By Police. What Questions Am I Required To Answer? Can An Officer Order Me Out Of The Car?

You should identify yourself, if asked, with name and date of birth. Most often, it is in your best interest to get out of the car and comply, but not to answer any additional questions. If the officer asks to search the vehicle, you should say no. If you are charged, let your attorney argue about whether you should have been removed from the car or not.

If I Am A Passenger, Do I Have The Same Rights As The Driver?

Passengers in a car do have the same rights as a driver. Passengers may not have to identify themselves; it depends on what the vehicle was pulled over for. If it was a speeding ticket, there is no need for a passenger to identify themselves because they were not the one driving and they are not going to be issued a ticket. However, if law enforcement finds drugs or contraband in the vehicle, then it is possible that a passenger may be implicated in that and have to provide their identification.

How Might A Defendant’s Conduct During And After Their Arrest Be Used In A Criminal Case?

If a defendant is fighting with law enforcement or trying to run away from law enforcement, the prosecutor is going to argue that the behavior was proof that the person knew they were guilty of an offense and was trying to escape. Therefore, it is important not to have to fight with law enforcement and not to try to run away. You also don’t have to be overly cooperative.

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Jennifer Congdon, Esq.

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