How to Stop a Police Interrogation Immediately!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Dec 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Can being too polite to the police get you convicted? Absolutely. 

Suppose you have somehow ended up down at the station and are being questioned in the interrogation room. You are disconnected from your friends and your family, and in fact cannot talk to anybody while the police are questioning you. They go on to tell you that they have good, credible information that you have been involved in some type of criminal behavior. They have statements. They tell you that they know that you were the one who did it and are asking you to give a statement. They say, “Hey, I am going to read you these rights. Don't worry about it though, just sign right here and we will start this recorder to get your statement.” 

Here is the thing that you need to know in these situations. You need to exercise your Sixth Amendment right. You don't even need to remember that number, just remember to say, “I have nothing to say, I want to talk to an attorney.” Then, and this is the important part, be quiet. If you want to be polite, you can say, “I understand officer, I know you are just trying to do your job. I don't have anything to say, and I would like to talk to an attorney.” 

The reason why I tie being convicted to being polite, is because many times people are just too afraid to be assertive. They sit there and try to be good-mannered. They are worried about law enforcement's feelings instead of worrying about the fact that if they go on record and make a statement, that they may be facing felonies. People are sometimes more concerned with being rude to law enforcement than their own liberty. Do not worry about law enforcement or their feelings, and do not worry about being rude. You need to be assertive and clear, and you need to exercise The Sixth Amendment right to counsel. All you need to say are two things, “I have nothing to say,” and, “I would like to talk to an attorney.” Then from there, you need to be quiet. 

Once you speak those magical words, by law, the interrogation must stop immediately. After you invoke your Sixth Amendment right, save your words and wait until you can talk to an attorney. With your attorney you can then weigh your options and get good advice. You just may be able to save yourself from that felony conviction. 

Regardless of what they say, just remember the words, “I don't have anything to say, and I want an attorney.” Save your liberty and keep it intact. I hope that this has been helpful to you. If you have any questions for me, send me an email or give me a call. I am always more than happy to help. Until next time, remember, if you have to be guilty of anything, be guilty of greatness. Take great care. 


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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