Attorney Shares How to Immediately Stop Police Interrogations!!!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Mar 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Being approached by a police officer can be an intimidating experience. And for many people, the first instinct is to cooperate — even if it means heading down to the station to participate in an interrogation. A lot of people have the false notion that being cooperative with law enforcement will make them appear less guilty or allow them to prove their innocence.

However, talking to police officers can actually do more harm than good. When people give their statements, they are giving law enforcement the liberty to twist, change, or exaggerate their stories. These can then be used against them in court to convict them of a crime.

The best thing to do when being interrogated by the police is quite the opposite of being cooperative and participative. It's exercising the basic Sixth Amendment rights granted to every U.S. citizen by the Constitution.


Sixth Amendment Rights Under the U.S. Constitution

Under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every person accused of a crime enjoys the following rights:

  • Right to a public trial without unnecessary delay
  • Right to a lawyer
  • Right to an impartial jury
  • Right to know who the accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against them


Which Sixth Amendment Right to Exercise When Being Interrogated by the Police

By virtue of their Sixth Amendment rights, anyone has the power to immediately terminate any police interrogation. All they have to do is politely say, “Officer, I understand that you are doing your job, but I don't have anything to say to you and I want to exercise my Sixth Amendment right to an attorney. I will not be saying anything else until my attorney is present.”

After exercising their right to an attorney, they are under no more obligation to talk to the police. Law enforcement also has no discretion to resume the investigation until the accused's legal counsel arrives.

About the Author

Corey L. Scott

Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions.  He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis.  It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C.  Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law.  In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


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