Keep Your Mouth Shut When It Comes To Talking To Police

Seriously. My dad always told me to keep my mouth shut when it involved the police.

While in shock from my accident, I talked to the police without an attorney. I barely even remember it and don’t even know why I did it. I have never remembered the conversation, I just know it happened. The lesson to take home was it did nothing to benefit me. Anything said that would benefit my case is ignored, it is their job to gather evidence against you, nothing more.

Linoge is talking about a book that again provides the recommendation to keep your mouth shut.

The bottom line is this is your life we are talking about.  There is no winning a legal battle, in Washington you can currently break even if it’s ruled self-defense.  But you still lose time, and the cost to you personally will be immense.

If you have a self-defense shooting, keep your mouth shut until you talk to legal representation.  Even if it falls well under castle doctrine.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.
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4 Responses to Keep Your Mouth Shut When It Comes To Talking To Police

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    Yep there is no legal clause for “I was in shock and my mind was racing with a million things, not all of them relevant, and I really don’t recall what I said, or if it was valid”

    But yeah after any big event you’re not going to be very composed and possibly not very coherent….and what you say can and will be used against you.

    Clam up, talk to the lawyer, the lawyer will talk to the po-po.

    • Talking to my lawyer after the fact Weer’d I found out that much of the evidence could have been struck had we gone to trial.  There was a very strong case of not being of sound mind or body during the interview.  The nurses didn’t want him to conduct the interview but he forced it. 

      Especially since when I finally came too 2 days later after the surgery and was informed I talked to the police, my immediate response in front of a couple nurses was, “Wait, I did WHAT!?”  Followed by, “Did they provide legal representation!?”  I was quite happy when they told me they administered something to knock me out though and said the interview is over.That’s actually what I remember from the “Police Interview”.  All I remember is knowing I saw someone in uniform, no words or conversation can be recalled.  Evidently I also told the hospital I’d hold on to my personal affects.  They went missing and were found just prior to my discharge.  I was not enthused or thrilled.Evidently they hadn’t seen head trauma cause awareness or coherence issues, never mind the fact the wife was Drew Barrymore from 50 First Dates.

  2. Tango ognaT says:

    Not only what they say can and will be used against you…  they CAN SAY NOTHING that will benefit you about what you said.  If they attempt to introduce your statements that would benefit you, it is inadmissible as heresay.  How f-ed up is that??