There is one simple rule to remember when questioned by the police: say nothing without legal counsel present. No matter what a detective or patrolman tells a suspect, the Fifth Amendment is in place to protect criminal defendants from having to testify if doing so might incriminate them. It also covers those interviews leading up to a possible court date.
Once a person has been read his Miranda rights, anything he says can and will be held against him. It does not matter if he was nervous or misspoke, a case can be built against him based upon his own statements. Law enforcement knows that there is a window of time before a suspect asks for legal counsel during which their case will be bolstered by him talking.
No matter how intimidated a suspect may feel as police press him to make a statement, those Fifth Amendment rights are his protection. Whether he needs help with an assault case or DWI, a suspect should wait until counsel arrives to make any decisions regarding what he is going to say.
The same rule applies to putting anything in writing. If a suspect is asked to write a statement, he should politely refuse, claiming his Fifth Amendment right. There are a number of reasons a suspect should wait for legal counsel.
There is one rule and one rule only when being questioned by the police: say nothing until an attorney arrives.
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