When you’re under investigation for a drug offense, you might be tempted to talk to the police to try to direct their suspicions elsewhere or otherwise explain the situation. But this can be a huge mistake. Talking to the police could be the biggest misstep you make in your case, resulting in an otherwise avoidable conviction.
Top reasons why you shouldn’t talk to the police
There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t talk to the police. Here are some of the biggest:
- The police can’t offer you anything by way of a plea deal. Even if they claim that they can, only the prosecutor can do that.
- The police will take your words out of context and use them against you. This leaves you defensive, which keeps you talking.
- You might say something you didn’t mean, which could spur law enforcement’s suspicions further.
- The police can and will lie to you to get you talking. This might include lying about evidence they have that allegedly implicates you in the crime.
The police have a host of tactics that they utilize to try to get you talking. You just need to be aware that the police, despite their behaviors, are not your friend. They have one job to do, and that’s to convict someone for the offense under investigation. So, don’t talk to the police until advised to do so by your attorney.
Your criminal defense starts now
A lot of people think that they don’t need to start building a criminal defense until they’ve been charged with a crime. But that’s not true. You should start figuring out the best way to protect your interests as soon as you’re implicated in a criminal investigation. That way you can protect your rights and avoid making common mistakes that could derail your case and leave you susceptible to conviction.