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Why You Shouldn’t Speak with Police in Denver | Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Denver criminal Attorneys and Lawyers say don't talk to police because it is dangerous to do so. I find that many people speak with the police under the mistaken belief that the police are looking for the truth in Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas County. This is the result of conditioning from TV shows that show the police want to know the truth. While there are police who have good intentions, they are conditioned to think ill of the accused, and often do not consider someone innocent until proven guilty. They get a pat-on-the-back and promotions from an impressive arrest record, and they don't want to risk getting in trouble for a false arrest.

Pressure from Police to Admit Wrongdoing in Arapahoe County

I find that in cases like Sexual Assault on a Child, Arapahoe County police will ask our clients to come in and speak with them. At that time, they pepper our clients with questions about whether the child is telling the truth. They pressure our clients to admitting that some sexual contact “might have accidentally” occurred, and then move in for the kill.

Learn more about police tactics in Enticement of a Child cases in Colorado.
Police are not always honest. Read about a time when Denver Police rewrote computer records to match the description of the person they arrested.

Adams County Fail to Write Down Complete Interviews

We also find that police in Adams County write down things our clients say which can be harmful to them, but fail to write down the whole interview, particularly things helpful to our clients. It is better not to give any statement, because under Colorado law the District Attorney cannot present your silence to the jury as evidence of guilt. Yes, the law also says that anything you say can and will be used against you. This Miranda advisement is right on the money. Things you say will be used against you in court.

Jefferson County Criminal Defense Attorney

If a police officer in Jefferson County wants to speak to you, remember, they are not your friend, and you do not have to speak with them. They only want to see if they can get you to say something harmful to your interests. So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at O'Malley and Sawyer – Call us today at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.


About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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