In the event that you are suspected of a crime and believe you can prove your innocence, don’t risk anything by explaining away anything to the police.
This might sound weird because in this scenario, you KNOW you’re innocent and you know what to say to prove it. Or so you think. And that’s where the risk lies.
You see, lawyers know things that you don’t.
And it’s normal that you wouldn’t know all of these things because you’re not a lawyer (except when you are but that’s another good opportunity to hire a lawyer friend, just to be sure to reduce the risk, even more).
Know who can release you… and it’s NOT the police
So, what do lawyers know? And I’m not advertising for lawyers because they’re expensive and not all of them are good (some are actually downright bad) but lawyers know, for a fact, that the police has no power to release you even if they think you are innocent.
Let’s go over this again.
The police officers who are suspecting you (of a crime you know you haven’t committed) have no power to release you even if they think you are innocent.
Even if “Agent A” and “Officer B”, who are staring at you in the face, are 100% convinced you’re 100% innocent, they can’t unarrest you once they’ve actually went ahead and… arrested you.
You absolutely need to know (and your lawyer knows it) that once you have been arrested, the police can’t unarrest you. The decision to release you has to be made by a judge (in a Court of Law) and the decision to charge you is eventually made by the district attorney (the government’s lawyer, if you will).
So you see, the police officers who are asking 1 million questions have inexistant power, pertaining to your release.
It’s all about the accumulation of evidence
The only thing the police does is gather evidence.
Once you’ve been arrested, the police officers (or bosses) do not make any decisions (like, no decision, whatsoever) so convincing them (with your honest to heart best intentions) that you’re innocent is useless.
Again, let’s repeat this important word: USELESS.
Basically, all you say can and will be held against you. In the “court of law” but also at any point which fits the police’s agenda of “accumulating evidence”, primarily against you… because they assume the worst to boot and then assume “the procedures” will come to prove your innocence, if you are.
So the police accumulates evidence.
They’re tag-teaming with the district attorney who plays a role in the Court on a regular basis where he’s likely to become familiar with the judge.
It’s one big slippery slope for you.
If… you speak!
When to speak
Because you’ve told the police “I respectfull request the presence of a lawyer”, a lawyer will eventually have swooped in and likely reduced your risk to almost nothing.
Good thing you used you head and waited for that lawyer.
But the lawyer will eventually request of you that you convince the judge or the district attorney or the jury of your innocence.
And you’ll do that… through your lawyer!
Millions of innocent people get dragged into police investigations while they’re innocent and that’s just basic police work.
The problem is that even the people who get arrested while being innocent can talk their way into becoming full-blown suspects, way beyond simple “people of interest”.
So leave the talking to a lawyer.
It sounds so very tedious because you were sure you could easily convince the nice police officers that you’re innocent (because you are) but don’t risk it. The game is rigged against you and a lawyer will be best positioned to offer the defense you need, in this trying time.
To all the innocent people out there caught within the police’s crosshairs, let’s hope you have the right reflex of calling upon your absolute right to be represented (and then defended) by a lawyer.
So… ask for a lawyer and together, you’ll prove your innocence and regain your freedom.