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St Louis Criminal Defense Attorney: Do The Police Have A Right To Stop Me For Questioning?


This is an interesting question to answer, because most of the time, what the person is really asking is whether or not you have to answer any of the officer’s questions at all. And the answer to that question is: NO!!!! However, it is surprising how many people will in fact go ahead and answer the cop’s questions (no matter how damaging the information might be).

First of all, just because a police officer asks you questions, you are under no obligations to answer. At all. You have a Constitutional right to remain silent in the face of questions from an authority figure (so as to avoid self-incrimination). The cop will most certainly press you for information, and say things like, “It would be better for you if you answer my questions,” or “Nothing bad will happen if you just give me the info I need,” or “It’s in your best interest if you cooperate with me and answer my questions now.”

But just because the cop presses you in this fashion does not mean that you have to give up your Constitutional rights as a citizen of this country. You have a right to remain silent. Unfortunately, a lot of people get nervous, and answer every single question the cop poses.

Why is that a bad thing? Why not just cooperate with the cop? Why not “do the right thing” and help the police?

If you are the type of person who would ask these questions, then you are undoubtedly doing so because you have a good heart, and want to be an upstanding citizen. But the fact of the matter is that the police are not terribly concerned with whether or not your rights are protected (or that you civil rights are adhered to). Their main focus is to make an arrest. And whatever information they can gather to lead to that outcome is what they are after.


Which means that when you voluntarily provide the cop with information (even though you believe you are doing the absolute right thing by doing so), you are potentially subjecting yourself to damaging information that could serve to incriminate you in the very crime that the cop is investigating.

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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