What To Know About Police Interrogations

No matter why you have to talk to the police: because you were the victim of a crime, you are suspected of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, or some other reason, you need to know about your rights and what police can and can not do during an interrogation. There are some differences between your rights if you were arrested for a crime or if you are just being questioned about the offense, but, somewhat surprisingly, the tactics can be the same.
Here are some things you need to know about police interrogations:

Many Police Will Use The Same Tried And True Methods

While every investigator and every investigation are different, there are a few methods that are similar. They use the same techniques that have been used for years – they have been passed down from one generation of police and investigators to the next. Of course, there are some methods that have gone out of style and others that have been deemed unlawful or ineffective, but there are some that stand the tests of time.
The primary method is the Reid Interrogation Technique. This is a method of investigation and interrogation that isolates the suspect. This technique plays into the psychological state of the suspect and makes them feel very, very alone and different in some way from other people. This isolation leads the person to feel down on themselves or like it is a “Me against the world” type feeling.
Another approach is the bad cop approach – where the person doing the interrogation will make the crime seem like it is much worse than it was and make the suspect believe that the police have enough evidence to prove guilt and qualify for a maximum sentence. This method is the one most frequently used with someone who is suspected of a crime like possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver because many people don’t know all the details of this law.
Another common approach for those suspected of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver? Just the opposite – the good cop approach. This is when the police will lead the suspect to assume that they will get away with little or no consequences. The police will try to elicit a confession and then follow up with lesser charges, depending on the situation. Often, this approach is used to get more information out of the person. For those charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, it is often for more information about who they purchased the drugs from and where the drugs are going.

Do The Police Lie To Suspects During An Interrogation?

Sometimes, people will say that the police lied to them during an interrogation in order to get the information that they wanted, and sometimes they do. More often, police will not give you the entire story or lead you to make your own conclusions so that you talk more than you normally would.

Sometimes, police will try the less is more approach – they won’t tell you anything in hopes that you will start talking. Other times, they will talk quite a bit in order to confuse you. It is all part of the psychological game that they play – and play well.

If You Talk To The Police, It Is A Police Interrogation

Whenever you talk to the police, they are trying to gather information about a situation. Often, this will take the form of an informal investigation. If the police have stopped you, they probably believe that you are guilty of committing a crime.
Know that the police may ask you questions, but you do not have to answer them. In fact, it is better if you don’t. Instead, ask if you can leave and then contact a lawyer about what happened. If you are not free to go, for whatever reason, tell the police that you do not want to answer questions without a lawyer present.

Have Police Interrogated You?

If the police have interrogated you, or even approached you for conversations, about drug-related charges, you will want to talk to a Nebraska Interstate drug lawyer. Your lawyer can help you to understand your rights, follow lines of dialogue, and defend you if the situation warrants it.

When the police arrest someone or interrogate them, they will always try to elicit a confession as quickly as possible – perhaps before that person is even brought before a judge. You need to seek legal representation as quickly as possible.


If you need legal advice and/or representation, contact us at 844-906-0641.