The Risks of Talking to the Police—Even If You’re Completely Innocent

Some people mistakenly believe that they are legally obligated to talk to the police whenever asked. Whether intimidated by the power and authority that police represent, or driven by the desire to help law enforcement in their community, talking to the police can have serious consequences for even innocent parties. Too often, by talking to the police, someone will incriminate themselves in a crime or agree to a warrantless search of their vehicle or premises because they are unaware of their legal right to refuse.

People approached by the police not only have the legal right to refuse to talk to the police without a lawyer, it is in their best interest to refuse to speak to the police without the presence of a lawyer.

There are many reasons why talking to the police without a lawyer is a bad idea. For example, you may mistakenly give misinformation or be tricked into giving accounts of events that could make you appear to be involved in the commission of a crime. Further, law enforcement agents are trained interrogators: when faced with such expertise, many citizens are ill-equipped to verbally spar with a professional. Finally, by talking to the police without an attorney, you are at the mercy of the officer’s memory of the conversation, which can be faulty or even purposely construed to place the blame of a major crime on you.

It is far easier to avoid saying anything incriminating with the help of an attorney, than to hire an attorney after self-incrimination has occurred. In the worst-case scenario, a simple mistake in the retelling of information on your part may lead to you being falsely charged with a serious crime. To best protect your own interests, it is vital to never speak to the police without the representation of an attorney.

Protecting the rights of Texas residents

Frankfurt Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of Texas residents in the Dallas area against being questioned by the police without attorney representation. To learn more about your rights when being questioned by the police and for a free phone consultation, please contact our office at (214) 775-5050 or visit us online at