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What can happen if you talk during drug charges interrogation?

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

If you are being interrogated by law enforcement about drug charges or any other criminal charges, it is important to understand your rights, which include the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This right protects you against self-incrimination.

But let us say you did talk or make a statement during interrogation, what can happen then?

You waive your rights.

You have the right to consult with an attorney before speaking to law enforcement, and you can have an attorney present during questioning. By talking to law enforcement without an attorney present, you may be waiving certain rights, including your right to counsel during the interrogation.

Your statements are subject to misinterpretation.

Law enforcement may interpret your words differently than you intend, especially when you make statements while in a vulnerable position. This can lead to further complications in your case.

What you say can be evidence in court.

Anything you say to law enforcement during an interrogation can form part of evidence against you in court. You might inadvertently provide information that could be incriminating or lead to additional charges. It exposes you to criminal liability before you can even start your defense.

How you can protect yourself

It is crucial to understand the possible implications of waiving your right to remain silent. This allows you to make informed decisions, knowing the potential outcomes of each of your actions. No matter what criminal charge you face, it can highly benefit you to seek the guidance and representation of a criminal defense attorney who will safeguard your rights in all stages of your case.


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