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Whenever you or a loved one is requested to speak to the police, consider the warning of Justice Jackson of the United States Supreme Court:

"ANY LAWYER WORTH HIS SALT WILL TELL THE SUSPECT IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS TO MAKE NO STATEMENT TO THE POLICE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES."~  Watts v. Indiana, 338 U.S. 49 (1949).

Many people who are innocent believe that speaking with the police is a good idea because they "have nothing to hide". Unfortunately, this is a naive thought process and generally proves to be a big mistake. A good lawyer will generally advise you that there is no way you can talk your way out of being arrested, there is no way it can help you, and any statements made can and will be used against you. Moreover, speaking with the police increases the risk that you will get tripped-up over a seemingly innocent detail, and any little mistake will be used against you at trial. Additionally, there is a risk that you will be accused of making a confession or incriminating statement. According to the Innocence Project "more than 1 out of 4 people wrongfully convicted but later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession or incriminating statement." (See, http://www.innocenceproject.org/causes-wrongful-conviction/false-confessions-or-admissions) Also, even if you are completely innocent and you are completely honest in speaking with the police, speaking with the police will invariably give the police some little bit of information that will be used against you. 

Ferrara Law Offices, P.C. defends those accused of all crimes. If you or a loved one is accused of a crime, call Ferrara Law Offices, P.C. and speak to Robert F. Ferrara for a no-obligation free consultation.