Talking to police without a lawyer makes criminal charges worse

Most people in Roseville know that if they are arrested they have the right to remain silent. Many of them also know that they have the right to an attorney and that one can be appointed for them if they can’t afford one. With the number of police shows on television these days, it is surprising that someone wouldn’t know their Miranda rights. Even if they know and understand them, however, there are a number of people who waive their rights and talk to police without ever thinking about the consequences.

That is what one man did after he was arrested on a bevy of charges. The man was arrested after an apparent police chase and robbery, which means that he was already facing very serious consequences, yet that did not stop him from talking to police and making things worse. When police were booking the man, he admitted to using coccaine, which means he will now face drug charges that he might not have otherwise had to tackle.

It is unclear if the man told this to police because he thought it might clear him of some of the charges he was otherwise facing or if police pressured it out of him. What the man should have done, however, is talk with his criminal defense lawyer before ever making a statement to police.

When police say, “What you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” they mean it. Prosecutors will take everything you say and twist it to show your guilt, which is why it is so important to refuse to say anything until after talking with your own lawyer.

Source: 5 Eyewitness News, “Suspect in Monticello Crash Admits to Cocaine Use,” Scott Theisen, July 24, 2013

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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