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How The Police Get Criminal Suspects To Talk


It is a scary experience to get picked up and questioned by the police. Most people know that they should not talk to the police in the absence of an attorney, but a large number of people also believe that talking to the police is the best option. Some people even believe they can talk their way out of a situation even if they are guilty. If the police pick you up, you must keep in mind that the police are trained to make people confess to committing a crime. The police can even make you confess to a crime you did not commit. It is best that you invoke your right to remain silent when the police start questioning you. When the police start questioning you, it is best that you decline to answer their questions without an attorney present and invoke your right to an attorney.

That said, it is crucial that you know what to expect. You need to understand how the police can trick you into confessing even if you are innocent. The following are some of the common tactics police use to get criminal suspects to talk.

Divide and Conquer

Suppose the police arrest a group of friends and accuse them of theft. In such a case, the police may use the “divide and conquer” tactic to get the group to talk. If you are arrested together with your friends, and the police separate you during questioning, the police can play you off against each other. For example, the police might lie to you that your friend has already admitted that he or she committed the crime with you.


The police can use a variety of lies to get you to talk, apart from saying that a friend has already confessed that he or she committed a crime with you. And in case you are wondering if the police are allowed to lie to you during an interrogation, you should know they are. The following are some of the common lies police officers tell criminal suspects;

  • The police could lie that they have evidence against you
  • The police can make it look like the offense in question is not a serious one to get you to make a confession
  • The police can tell you that things will be better if you confess
  • The police can tell you that you will be prosecuted harshly if you fail to talk


Intimidation is a common tactic the police use to get suspects to talk. The police can emotionally and verbally intimidate you. For example, the police could yell at you, so you get scared and confess.

Making Intentional Mistakes

The police sometimes make intentional mistakes when recounting what occurred with the hope that a suspect will correct them with an incriminating statement.

Asking Leading Questions

A leading question is one that prompts the answer wanted. If the police ask you such questions, you might find yourself answering them the way the police want due to nervousness.

Contact Citizen Soldier Law

If you are in New Jersey and need help with a criminal case, contact a qualified New Jersey criminal defense attorney at Citizen Soldier Law at 973-937-6010.



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