If I Do Not Talk to the Police, Won’t That Make Me Look Guilty to a Jury?

No! This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the law. The Miranda warnings that you have seen read to suspects on TV and in movies are incomplete and potentially misleading. When a person is arrested, the police officer will usually advise that person that he or she has a right to remain silent. What the officer does not tell that person is that if the he or she does remain silent, the prosecution will not be allowed to use that fact against him in the trial. The jury will not know whether the defendant made a statement to the police or not.

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