Although you may feel the urge to be rude, don't let this happen. Although you have no obligation to speak with the police, that doesn't mean you should be rude with the officer. It's seldom helpful for you to be impolite with an officer. You can politely decline to answer questions.
DON'T: Admit to any wrongdoing
You'll sometimes hear an officer say something like, "If someone just admits to me that 'x', then I'll just issue you a summons. I won't take anyone to jail tonight." It's important to remember that he may not take you to jail tonight if you admit to something, but he'll almost certainly charge you with the crime, and you'll be facing jail in the future.
DO: Ask for a lawyer
In any custodial interrogation, you're entitled to have a lawyer present. Even if the officer hasn't informed you of your Miranda rights, and even if you aren't in custody, you still have the right to have a lawyer present. Never talk to the police about something they suspect you've done without a lawyer. Once you demand a lawyer, all questioning must stop. However, if you never demand a lawyer, it's very likely that the police will be able to use anything you say against you in court.
DON'T: Say more than you're comfortable saying
If you ignore the above tip about asking for a lawyer, and start answering an officer's question without a lawyer, don't be afraid to ask the officer to stop the interrogation. Even when he tells you he only has "a few more questions," you can always stop an interrogation. Never say more to the police than you are comfortable saying, and don't hesitate to stop the interview when you become uncomfortable. When all else fails, ask for a lawyer (which you should have already done).
DO: Remember the magic words
To stop an interrogation dead in its tracks and protect your Fifth Amendment Rights, remember the magic words: "I want a lawyer." This is the phrase you need to use, and you shouldn't ever hesitate to say them to the police.
DO: Call a lawyer
Finally, before talking to the police when you are being investigated, always talk to a lawyer first. The only way to be sure you're saying all the right things, and only the right things, in an interrogation, is to have a lawyer with you. Criminal defense lawyers deal with this sort of issue every day, and most would much rather be with you right from the start to stop the problems ahead of time than to try to fix the problems later.
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