Can Police Lie to You during Interrogation?

Posted on Feb 21, 2024 by Jean Louise

It is well-known that police officers are not above using deceitful tactics during interrogation in order to obtain a confession from a suspect. This has been depicted countless times on television and in movies. But is it legal for police to lie during interrogation? The simple answer is yes.

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in Salinas v. Texas that suspects have no Fifth Amendment right to remain silent if they have not been read their Miranda rights. This means that even if a suspect has not been read their Miranda rights, anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law.

While the Supreme Court’s ruling may seem unfair, there are actually some limits on what police officers can do during interrogation. For example, courts have ruled that it is improper for police officers to use physical force or threats of force during interrogation. Additionally, courts have also ruled that it is improper for police officers to engage in mental manipulation, such as offering promises of leniency in exchange for a confession.

Despite these limits, however, police officers still have a lot of leeway when it comes to interrogation techniques. For example, police officers are allowed to use lies and deception during interrogation. They may falsely tell a suspect that evidence exists implicating the suspect in a crime even if no such evidence exists. They may also falsely tell a suspect that witnesses have identified the suspect as the perpetrator even if no such witnesses exist.

Additionally, police officers are also allowed to withhold information during interrogation. For example, an officer may withhold information about a witness who could exculpate the suspect or information about DNA evidence that could exonerate the suspect.

 In short, while there are some limits on what police officers can do during interrogation, the reality is that suspects have very little protection against coercive tactics by police. This is why it is so important to always consult with an attorney before speaking with police about any criminal investigation. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the interrogation process and protect your rights.

If you are contacted by the police in connection with any criminal investigation, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive a fair interrogation, or whether it’s in your best interest to participate in an interrogation. To schedule a free case evaluation with Mashni Law, please click here.