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Protecting Your Rights During An Interrogation

A person's right to remain silent while being detained by police is a constitutional right. Any statements made to a police officer can be used in court against the detainee based upon the police officer's interpretation of what was said. If detained, be polite, but refrain from answering questions and ask to contact your attorney, or ask to speak to a public defender.

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Avoid Signing Written Statements While Being Detained

The right to remain silent pertains to verbal and written communication. Therefore, a detainee has the right to refrain from signing any written statement offered by a police officer. Be polite, but politely refrain from signing the statement.