Rule #2: “Don’t make any statements.”
That’s what we tell people who have been arrested or are being investigated by the police. Maybe they’re facing criminal charges, maybe the police are looking into their lives, maybe the police say they just want to chat.
When you talk to the police, they collect evidence. They build a criminal case—what you say can be used against you.
What if you deny everything to the police?
Remember Rule #2.
You don’t know what evidence the police have. For instance, maybe the police have DNA evidence showing you were in a certain place, say a car. If you deny you were in the car, what does that show? Maybe there are witnesses who saw you in the car. When you deny you were in the car, now the police have more information. They have you denying you were in a car when evidence clearly shows that you were. Now the police are really interested. Now they’re asking more questions. Through your denial, you have painted yourself into a corner and might be wishing you could have a do-over and stick to rule #2.
This denial scenario has been called a reverse confession. You think you’re not confessing to anything but everything you say helps police build a case against you.
The bottom line: Don’t make ANY statements.
What’s Rule #1?
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