The detective wants to "talk" to me. Should I?
They said that they could "help" you.When you are being investigated for criminal charges, the police are not there to help you. Their main objective is to obtain evidence to use against you. You may only hear them say something to the effect of, "we are only trying to help you. If you help us out we will help you." But think back quickly and you likely will remember them saying that you have the right to remain silent and anything you say WILL be used against you.
But the police would not "lie" to me.It is perfectly legal for the police to lie. In legal terms this is referred to as a "ruse." Under the law, a ruse is acceptable. For example, an officer might tell a suspect that his friend has confessed and told the police that the suspect was also involved, when in fact they have not even talked to the friend. Another example is when the officer says they have surveillance that shows one committing a crime, so just "tell us the truth and we will help you out", when in fact no such surveillance exists. This is a ruse used in an attempt to get the suspect to give them evidence to use against the suspect and/or the friend. Some would call it lying; the courts call it a ruse.
How to say NO to the policeWhen a detective or police officer asks to talk to you, or begins to interview you about a criminal situation, politely say that you wish to first talk to an attorney. Remember -- anything you say to them WILL be used AGAINST you.