Have you ever wondered what happens if you lie to the police during a criminal investigation? If so, the answer could be any number of things, including being charged with false statements, false report of a crime, or obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
Have you ever wondered what happens if the police lie to you during the course of their investigation? If so, the answer is nothing.
Police are allowed to lie to individuals to obtain a confession. They can tell a suspect that there are fingerprints, when there are none. They can tell a suspect that someone else has confessed and implicated them, when that is not true. They can tell a suspect that witnesses saw things, when there are no witnesses.
These types of comments can confuse an individual who is otherwise being honest, or lead to statements being made out of context, which could result in charges being taken against an individual.
Trying to honestly answer questions from someone who is allowed to lie isn’t a fair situation. This is why we always recommend that people choose to exercise their right to remain silent and let the law enforcement officer know, “I do not wish to make any statements without an attorney.”