If the police arrest you, they must read you your Miranda rights before questioning you. Yet, even before that, you can get yourself in trouble if you say too much.
What are the Miranda rights?
This is what the questioning officers must tell you before they start:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can be used against you.
- You have the right to an attorney.
- They can provide you an attorney if you cannot afford one.
If you request an attorney, it delays questioning until your attorney can attend.
The things you say when arrested could incriminate
Some people feel compelled to speak when nervous. Others loosen their tongue when they feel comfortable. The police know this. It is part of the reason for the good cop bad cop routine. One may apply pressure to push you to talk. The other might try to come across as a friendly person that you can confide in. Both are seeking the same end. They want you to give them information. That is their job as police officers.
Others in a holding cell could also try to extract information from you. Some may act out of genuine concern or interest. Others may hope to gain facts to use to their advantage. If you tell them something, they could use it to bribe you or bargain with law enforcement officers.
Being arrested can be distressing, especially if it is your first time. As important as talking and social interaction is, you are better off biting your tongue and waiting to discuss your troubles with an attorney. They can advise you what you should say and what could incriminate you.