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Police may lie to you during questioning

If the police are questioning you during an arrest in Kansas, remember that you do have the right to remain silent. You can ask for a lawyer and refuse to answer any questions.

However, the police may still try to get you to talk. One thing that is important to remember is the fact that they can legally lie to you during this process. These bold-faced lies can be used to get you to make an admission or say something else you'll later regret -- and, as the Miranda Rights indicate, these statements that you make can be used in court.

One common lie is simply to tell you that they don't consider you a suspect. The officer may try to act friendly, like you're both just in this together, trying to pin the crime on someone else. He or she could consider you a suspect the whole time, and the question is just a way of fishing for something that will incriminate you.

If you were arrested with other people, the police may also lie and tell you about statements those people have made. For example, they could lie and say that your friends are already at home because they "cooperated" and answered the questions, indicating that you won't be in trouble if you do the same.

Additionally, officers could lie and tell you that your friends already admitted to the crime, so they know it was you. They'll act like they don't even need you to talk, trying to turn you against your friends, when the reality is that no one has said anything.

In these situations, as noted above, it's crucial to remember your rights under U.S. law. You don't have to talk, whether you're answering questions or responding to false statements.

Source: Rense, "How To Deal With Police Officers - Magic Words?," accessed Aug. 19, 2016

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