There are many questions that come up when people are thinking about interactions with police officers. Some of these center around the behavior of the law enforcement officials during an interrogation. In some cases, the question is about what constitutes an interrogation. This information is important so be sure that you keep it in mind if you are ever faced with a police interaction.
One important thing to remember is that if a police officer asks you for your name, you must provide it. You must be truthful about this, but you don’t have to provide anything else. Many people believe that remaining quiet is the best course of action when confronted by an officer.
If the officer detains you, which means that you aren’t free to move about as you choose, you should be read your Miranda rights before you are asked any questions. These rights include your right to remain silent and your right to have an attorney with you. If you invoke these rights, the interrogation must stop immediately.
Under no circumstances should you ever provide the police with information that would incriminate you unless your attorney has specifically told you that speaking up is the best course of action in your case. It is usually best to invoke your rights immediately so that you aren’t faced with saying something that can be used against you in court.
The violation of your rights can mean that any statements you made and any evidence collected as a result of the statements wouldn’t be admissible in court. This could have a drastic impact on your defense.