Why would you agree to allow anything you say or do to be used against you?
Most attorneys will tell you, if you're ever in danger of, or actually placed under arrest, to sign nothing - and say nothing beyond: I do not consent to any searches. And I do not consent being interviewed. I wish to speak to an attorney.
That's it. Those exact words. Don't add anything else or embellish. Say them calmly and clearly. Do not say them in a threatening tone - or do anything (make gestures or faces, assume a "confrontational posture," etc.) that could be creatively interpreted
as "disorderly conduct" or "resisting." That will only make matters worse from a legal perspective. And depending on the circumstances, could also end up costing you your life. (US police are armed and authorized to use deadly force if they deem it necessary when making an arrest.)
Memorize these three short sentences in case you ever need them:
- I do not consent to any searches.
- I do not consent to being interviewed.
- I wish to speak to an attorney.
Say all three to the remanding officer(s) each time you're asked a question - and whenever being handed over to a "supervisor" or other officer - and then once again very clearly
when you're being formally "processed" at the police station.
After that, shut up
- don't even keep repeating the above statement. Just clam up completely
, let your brain go blank, and wait
for the guy or lady wearing a gray suit and carrying a briefcase to show up. If you're being "uncooperative," the authorities will likely make you wait as long as they can, and possibly try playing other head games with you. Don't fall for it. An attorney will
eventually show up to represent you. Just remain completely
silent and wait for one to arrive.
Note: doing this this is even more
important if you are
innocent of what you're being charged with than if you're guilty.