Don't Talk to the Police

By: Regent University School of Law

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Uploaded on 03/20/2012

Regent Law Professor James Duane gives viewers startling reasons why they should always exercise their 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials. Download his article on the topic at

Comments (6):

By CiPHPerCoder    2017-09-20

> Thus not keeping a journal because its contents might be used in a court of law is just a sad state of affairs.

If you record in your journal anything that can be perceived to place you near a crime, whether or not you're guilty or the association is a stretch of the imagination, then your words can be used against you without your right to invoke the 5th amendment. If the journal was seized in the execution of a search warrant, you lose the 4th amendment protections too.

The winning move is to not play.

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By jerrytsai    2017-09-20

"Don't Talk to the Police" This talk was an eye-opener for me and an indictment of the U.S. "justice" system. You can't presume you'll be treated fairly, considered not a suspect, etc.

And, as mentioned by keyanp, Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture". Vita brevis. Carpe diem.

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By tjalfi    2017-09-20

This. The video Don't Talk to the Police[0] has several concrete examples of how not taking the fifth amendment can be to your disadvantage.


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By Chaebixi    2017-09-30

> If you do want to talk to me, I can tell the juvenile court judge or adult court judge and Probation Officer what you tell me.

It's missing the explicit warning that "what you say can and will be used against you in the court of law." I think they should add a clause to the end stating "and they can use this information against you to get you in trouble."

This video is always relevant when the subject of talking to police comes up:

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By Chaebixi    2017-09-30

Have you ever watched this video?

All kinds of people think they can talk their way out of an arrest. Unsavvy people might interpret that statement as saying their excuses and explanations will passed up to people who will listen sympathetically or at least could be convinced. They don't realize their statements can only cause them harm. I think that kind of misconception would be especially true for juveniles.

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By zaroth    2017-09-30

There is not a single thing a completely and perfectly innocent person can say to a cop in their own defense which would not almost certainly harm them for saying it. Other than your name, that you are excercising your right to remain silent (important to state this explicitly), and you would like to speak to a lawyer.

Please watch this if you haven't, it's very entertaining and absolutely true: "Don't Talk to the Police"

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