Three Important Things The Police Won't Tell You

Ultimately, protecting your rights is your responsibility. You can't rely on law enforcement to go out of their way to help you. In fact, if you're under suspicion for a crime, the police are the last people to count on for honest counsel designed to minimize the consequences you face.

For the help and advocacy you need, turn to criminal defense lawyer Alex Fawell in Wheaton, Illinois. He can answer your questions and give you the important information you need during this difficult time.

Here are three critical things that the police won't tell you:

  1. When they tell you, "Anything you say can and will be used against you," they really mean it. It isn't a generic disclaimer; it means that the prosecution will take every word you speak and use it as a weapon against you. The best way to protect yourself is to stay silent. Don't try to explain your side of the story to the arresting officer — just call your lawyer.
  2. The police sometimes overstep their bounds. Just because law enforcement pulled you over on the road or searched your house doesn't mean they actually had the authority to do so. Illegal searches and seizures are not uncommon. If the police did make any legal mistakes, your lawyer can seek to have the unlawfully obtained evidence thrown out of court.
  3. They can and will lie to you. One thing you hear from TV lawyers is true: Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. Just because an officer says that nothing will happen if you make a statement or come down to the station to talk doesn't mean it is true. Police officers are trained investigators who are under no duty to be truthful to suspects. Of course, you should always be polite and respectful, but you can do that without incriminating yourself. Instead of making potentially incriminating statements, just say, "I would like to speak to my attorney."

"People charged with crimes are fighting an uphill battle. I sympathize with your struggle and I will fight for you." — Alex Fawell

To set up a free consultation with Mr. Fawell, call the law firm of Fawell & Fawell, Ltd., today at 630-480-6253. You can also send us an email to learn more about your rights.