Don’t Talk to Police – The Coolest Explanation You Will Ever Get

Posted on April 12, 2012 by

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You have to watch this video twice. The first time, you will be mesmerized by this law professor’s raw talent for averaging 22.6 words per second with an unmatched ability to simultaneously entertain, wave his hand around, chew gum, rub his belly, and pat the top of head without breathing. Okay, I exaggerated. But only a little.

The second time you watch the video, you can actually pay attention to the content. James Duane gives seven reasons to aspiring attorneys that their clients should never talk to the police.

1. There is no way it can help.

2. If your client is guilty — and even if he is innocent — he may admit his guilt with no benefit in return.

3. Even if your client is innocent and denies his guilt and mostly tells the truth, he can easily get carried away and tell some little lie or make some little mistake that will hang him.

4. Even if your client is innocent and only tells the truth, he will always give the police some information that can be used to help convict him.

5. Even if your client is innocent and only tells the truth, and does not tell the police anything incriminating, there is still a grave chance that his answers can be used to crucify him if the police if the police don’t recall his testimony with 100% accuracy.

6. Even if your client is innocent and only tells the truth, and does not tell the police anything incriminating and his statement is videotaped, his answers can be used to crucify him if the police don’t recall the questions with 100% accuracy.

7. Even if your client is innocent and only tells the truth, and does not tell the police anything incriminating and his statement is videotaped, his answers can be used to crucify him if the police have any evidence, even mistaken or unreliable evidence, that any of his statements are false.

After Duane’s compelling argument, Officer Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department responds. He first says, “Everything he said was true.” Watch the whole thing. Yes, it’s been around for quite a while, but it’s worth watching again. And again. Until you reach the point where you realize that you really, truly, shouldn’t be talking to the police.

How have you handled police encounters?

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