The Presumption of Innocence and Why You Should Never Answer Questions From a Cop
This guide is solid advice for anyone under investigation or recently arrested. The Presumption of Innocence is one of the best constitutional rights you are given when you are accused of committing a crime. It is essential to never provide a statement if you are the accused.
What is the Presumption of Innocence?Everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. This presumption is a cloak for the accused that follows them throughout the criminal court process, especially in trial when a jury is deciding their fate. Many times, the police investigate crimes and have proof problems that need to be answered in order to have a solid case. Many times, unfortunately, those accused of a crime answer the questions the police ask, and later find out that was what prevented them from fighting their case ... their own statements!!
Why You Should Never Answer the Cop's QuiestionsA cop will do all he can to squeeze incriminating statements out of the accused, and even go so far as to lie to the person being questioned in order to obtain those statements. Those incriminating statements are then admitted into evidence during the person's criminal trial as "admissions" even in situations where the person DOES NOT testify. This is why nobody should answer an officer's questions without the present of his attorney. Don't fall for the "you will feel better if you get it off your chest" or "I will let the prosecutor know that you were cooperative" in hopes that you will be treated leniently. Prosecutors do not care about you or how cooperative you were when the cop was squeezing statements out of you. Remember, the prosecutor only wants a conviction to add to their stats in their respective office so they can promote! If you believe otherwise, you are sadly mistaken.