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Can Police Lie to a Suspect in an Interrogation?

One thing police routinely do to get a confession from a suspect is to lie to them during an interrogation. They may claim they have evidence they don’t have, claim to have a confession from another suspect, and more to get information from a suspect. This is frustrating because suspects might assume that police are required to be truthful during this process. Police are under absolutely no obligation to be truthful during an interrogation. Instead of dealing with the police yourself, demand a defense attorney at your side.

One common example of police using deception to get a confession is when they arrest two people for a particular crime. They separate the two suspects and tell each one that the other has confessed and pinned it all on the other suspect. When the suspect hears their friend has ratted them out, they understandable become upset and begin telling their side of the story. The police then use that information to prosecute. This is completely legal. Before offering any information at all, demand a lawyer. This lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected.

Police, however, do have certain restrictions on what they can do. For example, they cannot threaten or coerce a person into confessing. That is completely different and is, in fact, illegal. In these instances, it may be possible to have a confession thrown out. If you faced this situation in Portland or anywhere in Oregon, a defense attorney at Kroll & Johnson can help.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the police. These men and women are experts at getting information from people and know how to get a suspect to talk. We will aggressively fight back against these tactics and ensure that your rights are protected. If you have been arrested in Portland, do not speak to the police and request a lawyer. For a free consultation, contact Kroll & Johnson today.

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