Should I Sign a Statement for the Cops?

NO!!! That statement deserves more exclamation points. There is never a good reason to sign anything the investigators hand you in the police station. They will tell you that “they just want the truth,” and “they know you want to get something off your chest,” or my favorite “we can put in a good word with the prosecutor.”

DO NOT SIGN A STATEMENT!

All a statement does is close your case. You’ve admitted to everybody that you’re guilty. It will be used against you in court and it will kill your case and your future. Cops are masters at getting a statement out of a suspect. They won’t use force. They won’t have too. They will manipulate a statement out of you if you let them.

You want to get something off your chest? Don’t sign the statement, and tell me all about it. What we discuss is confidential, and not even the judge can make us talk about what we say together. I have to carry your confession to my grave, or I’ll lose my license to practice law!

BUT THEY SAID THEY’D TALK TO THE D.A. FOR ME…

How nice of them! You wouldn’t believe it if a thief told you he was going to return your stuff. Would you? The only thing they’ll tell the D.A. is that they got a confession out of you. They’ll be bragging about it. The prosecutor won’t be impressed with you for being honest. He’ll just be glad that your case is an easy victory.

NOTHING GOOD WILL COME FROM CONFESSING TO THE POLICE.

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