What do you do when they police think you committed a crime?

Authors: Clayton Lowther
Date: June 28, 2016

The most crucial time for an individual who is suspected of having committed a crime is when you are being questioned by the police. If you ask any criminal lawyer for their most important piece of advice it would be “Don’t talk to the police.” When you are a suspect in a criminal investigation the police are allowed to use all sorts of tricks and tactics to get you to talk to them. Most importantly, the police are allowed to lie to you.

 

The Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer” gives an excellent example of why you should never talk to the police if you are suspected of criminal activity. Brendan Dassey, a minor, was interviewed for several hours by police. During this interview he tells police everything they want to hear. Numerous times the police suggest specific details of the crime to him and he agrees with them.

 

While the specifics of police interrogations are unique in each case the techniques they use are not. Most police interrogations will utilize some variation of the “Reid Technique”. This technique is widely used by police forces across Canada and is very effective at getting you to confess, whether you committed a crime or not. The best defense against this technique is to say absolutely nothing to the police.

 

To read more about the Reid technique, click here. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reid_technique)

 

To watch a video on why you should never talk to the police, click here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc)

 

 

 

*Note: The information on this page is for general knowledge and is not legal advice.