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Even on the cop shows where police know they are being filmed and are on the "best" behavior you will see illegal behavior and abuse of power. I support the police but if I were being investigated I wouldn't talk to them. It is also important to know that you may not know when you are being investigated. .
It depends. In my HOA there was a tenant who made a number of false claims to the police about alleged crimes that neighbors had committed against him. Those whom he had accused found it useful to talk to the police. No need to be verbose. "No, I didn't do that," sufficed. Saying this in the presence of other neighbors, who had also told the police the charges were bogus didn't hurt, either. On some of those calls, it was apparent to the police that the person making the charges was drunk when police were interviewing him.
Cops get calls like this all the time, and get a pretty good feel for what is bogus and what is not. If cops arrested someone each time a neighbors sicced a cop on other neighbors, the arrest rate would double. When cops are trying to sort this junk out, better to give them information so they have the point of view of both sides.
The tenant moved after his landlord got a letter from the HOA's attorney that he would be fined if his tenant continued this behavior.
Or: I got stopped for speeding on the Interstate. The policeman asked me where I was going. I answered- a state a thousand miles away. "Are you moving?" "No, I'm going to my brother-in-law's memorial service." I got off with a warning. I doubt the policeman would have let me off if I had not been open with my answers.
[Ironically, in another state in another year I got stopped for going too slow- 55. No ticket. I later saw the cop's point of view. Safer to drive faster with the traffic.]
OTOH, I would never talk to the FBI unless my attorney were present.
Good video. I may be out of step with most parents, but I'm already teaching my kids to keep their mouths shut if they're ever in a situation where police may view them as a potential suspect. You cannot talk your way out if it. Silence doesn't make you more likely to be arrested or convicted. But talking makes it Much, much more likely. Also emphasizing that you can talk your way into trouble even when you haven't done any crimes. Plenty of real world examples in the news right now to use.
Your lawyer isn't the one that's going to spend the night (at least) in jail, and is going to be the recipient of a LOT of your money once you start calling him.
When you immediately lawyer up the police put you in the "suspect" category. You don't want that.
Nor do you want to run off at the mouth like Ron White ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neUaSTSKFZc&t=40s ).
You want to--carefully and articulately--describe the events in such a way as to present yourself as, if not the victim at least not the criminal.
Your goal is to avoid arrest and paint yourself as the good guy. This involves speaking clearly, but not like some script monkey in Hollywood's idea of how a cop or a lawyer would sound.
If you immediately lawyer up you're going to go downtown, get processed, and wait for your lawyer to show up, THEN repeat the whole process.
Know ahead of time if your PD have body cameras and/or other recording equipment--because if so you're going to be playing for that audience as well. If not, you may need to arrange recordings of what you said.
Sounds sensible, but few are able to do it well. General Flynn and Papadopoulos tried to talk to investigators.
Most people slide into making overly affirmative statements that can be contradicted by others even if true. But I wouldn't go completely silent on first contact. Can proviode name and then ask some questions like "why have I been stopped" "am I free to go?" "am I under arrest". Then either leave or stop talking depending on the answer. If "detained" but not under arrest, last thing you want to do is open your mouth and give them probable cause. Investigators are trained and experienced in these things, and most of us aren't. Even lawyers tend to talk too much when they get in a scrape.
That is the correct answer. Of course we talk to the police. I like the police. Our civilization is civil because of the police. If I am stopped for a traffic violation I simply tell the truth and if I get a ticket that I deserved I pay it. BUT, when police are questioning you and you don't know why( or you do know why) you ask them nicely why, what is going on, etc. If you get no reasonable answer then it is YOU they are looking at and shut up.
Somme years back my wife had an accident. It seemed cut and dry the other guy was making a left turn in front of us while we had the green light. I had my camera (I always have my camera) to take pictures of the damage of course. But I held it in my hand while it was recording video. I held it in a way that made it appear to not be on. I got the other driver to admit it was his fault. I taped him telling the policeman that he was on a number of prescription drugs. And I got the the entire conversation on tape (still have it). As luck would have it his insurance wanted to claim 50/50% liability. I emailed our insurance agent word for word (in text not the audio) what the other driver said and what the cop said. (I wasn't yet prepared to say I had a secretly taped video of the policeman because that is a grey area in my state.) But I had it word for word because I didn't have to depend on my memory. Luckily the other insurance company gave in before I had to show evidence. The point is if possible when talking to the police, tape it or video it. They won't like it but you will be glad you did. Because, surprise, sometimes the police will lie on the witness stand.