Client accudes of crime with criminal defense lawyer

Do the Police Have to Tell You the Truth?

The police are expected to be the most upstanding citizens when it comes to honesty and integrity. After all, their job is to protect their community and uphold the law. This is why it may seem counterintuitive that the police are legally allowed to tell untruths when it comes to a variety of topics. For instance, a police officer may even disguise his or her identity when investigating a possible criminal act. While there are exemptions concerning what a police officer can – and cannot – lie about, there are many situations in which they may provide misleading information.

Know Your Rights!

One of the best things that you can do is to know your legal rights. Knowing what you are entitled to can help you to best protect yourself. 

Before a police officer can conduct a custodial interrogation of you, he or she is required to read you your legal rights, also known as your “Miranda rights.” Miranda rights include your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. This is important to understand because if a police officer conducts a custodial interrogation of you without first reading you these rights, anything that you say may potentially be suppressed in court since it is considered to have been obtained illegally. 

But while police officers must inform you of your legal rights, they are not required to be truthful regarding the evidence that they have against you. A police officer has the right to lie about the type of or amount of evidence that has been collected against you. In fact, he or she can go so far as to lie about having a murder weapon when no such weapon has been found. This is done with the intent of evoking a confession from you. For this reason, it’s best to invoke your right to an attorney by stating that you want one and you invoke your right to remain silent until one is present. 

Lying About Evidence

When it comes to evidence, police officers will often lie to elicit a confession. One such thing that police lie about is having witnesses – even if there are none. They may also claim that there is surveillance video of the incident in question even when no such video exists. This can create an extremely stressful situation in which people will say anything to have the interrogation cease – even admitting to crimes that they did not commit. 

With all of this in mind, you may feel as though police officers have an unfair advantage regarding interrogating suspects. But while this may be true, you have the right to invoke your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. This is usually in your best interest, as a qualified attorney can help you with what to say and not say. 

The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman Helps Those in California Who Are Suspected of Committing a Crime

If you or a loved one is suspected of committing a crime, you should be sure to take it seriously. Such a situation can have many serious consequences for you. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorney who understands criminal law. At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, our San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorneys will work to defend your freedom, collect proper evidence to help your case, and work hard for you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!