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Don’t say the wrong thing to law enforcement

Talking too much to officers is a mistake many people make after being arrested.

Not only does talking increase the chances that you will provide officers with evidence to use against you, but there is also a chance that you may make things worse on yourself. Sometimes, the stress and strain of an officer arresting you can push you to say things that you ordinarily would not. 

In this post, we will look at some of the things you say could make your situation worse and aggravate an officer. In the heat of the moment, your best bet is to remain silent. If you do talk, do not say any of the following. 

Tout your status in the community

It does not matter if you are the mayor of your town when an officer arrests you. Everyone is subject to the same laws, and if you broke the law, then the officer can arrest you. Your status or title will make no difference. An officer could even note it as a form of bribery or coercion. 

Speak first

You should always wait for the officer to speak before you speak. Asking what you did as soon as the officer approaches you puts him or her on the defensive. It can make the whole interaction more aggressive than it has to be. 

Give permission

Do not tell an officer to go ahead and search your property or body. You do not have to give permission. Under the law, the officer must seek permission, which may mean getting a warrant. However, if you tell the officer to search, then you give permission and remove the need for a warrant. 

Make rude or insulting comments

Being rude or insulting the officer will escalate the situation. The officer may believe you are resisting arrest. It can lead to further issues and added charges.