Do I have to give a statement to the police immediately after being arrested?

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Do I have to give a statement to the police immediately after being arrested?

The answer to this common question is a simple one. You do not have to give the police any form of statement about your potential involvement in a case despite what they may tell you. It is your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, especially until you can obtain the help of a qualified lawyer. Exercising this right is a beneficial way to keep from incriminating yourself. Law officers may wish to question you and derive information from you, but we highly recommend that you ascertain an attorney as soon as possible after any form of criminal charge has been brought against you. Without such protection, there is a good possibility that you could give information that greatly harms your case.

 

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