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St Louis Criminal Defense Attorney: Can A Police Officer Tell Me Something That Is Untrue In Order To Get Information From Me?


Yep! They sure can (and most certainly will) do that. Why? Because making you believe something in order to get some info is what they consider to be part of their job. And they can be very tricky about it.

For example, if you have been detained by a police officer, and he/she is asking you questions about your whereabouts (or who you know, or what happened at such and such time, or whatever), and the cop tells you something like, “Don’t worry, it’s not going to hurt you if you tell me,” or “If you give me this information, I’ll make sure the prosecutor goes light on you,” or “If you tell me what I need to know, you won’t get in any trouble,” or “I just need you sign this waiver, and then we can figure out how to get you out of the fix you’re in,” then you can be almost 100% assured that the officer is lying.

Again, the reason why is because telling you a lie to get information is more efficient than following the rules. In other words, most cops believe that it’s not their job to make sure that their police work is done cleanly (or even necessarily follow the provisions set forth in the Constitution). They are there to make the bust (or get information that might lead to the bust). And they let the prosecutors figure out whether or not the charges can stick.


So what is the best thing to do when faced with such a scenario? Don’t say a word, and tell the officer that you want to speak with your attorney. Once you make this clear, the cop should not ask you anymore questions. But even if the cop continues to hit you with questions, then you should remain silent (which is your absolute right).

But the best thing you can do if you have already been charged is to contact us right away! Our consultations are free of charge!!

The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Bankruptcy Company have been taking care of criminal charges in Missouri for over ten (10) years. We specialize in making sure that your record stays clean, and so that you can move forward with life. And we want to do it all at an affordable price. The upfront fees for a misdemeanor charge start at $375. For certain felony cases, the fees are as low as $750. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!

We have one location by appointment only: 4625 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108.

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