Don’t Talk to the Police Without an Attorney (video)

The police do an incredibly hard job. Faced daily with the scum of the earth who want nothing more than to hurt others, cops are tasked with trying to stop these folks, and ascertain the truth once something already happens.

This job is made even harder by the restrictions placed on them by the Constitution, and while we would all love to see more criminals behind bars, I do not at the expense of freedom.

That is why you should always utilize your Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions by police without an attorney present. Even if you truly are innocent, none of that matters, as Regent University School of Law professor James Duane proves here in this fast paced and educational lecture.

Say one thing, just a little off, and it could sway the whole case in trial. As Professor Duane points out in the video, talking to police without an attorney will only hurt you, it will never help you.

And don't just take his word for it, Professor Duane invites Virginia Beach Police Officer George Bruch to address the topic afterward, and (surprise!) Officer Bruch completely agrees. Bruch has questioned 1,000's of people throughout the world when he was in the Navy and as a police officer.

I highly encourage you to watch the entire lecture, it may save your life one day.

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  • Andy Phil

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  • Izzy

    I don’t entirely disagree, but… there is another side to this. If you are uncooperative, the police have a lot of gray area tools they can use to make your life difficult. The hard part is knowing what sort of cop you have talking to you. Are they looking for a quick wrap up? Are they genuinely interested in protecting the innocent? If you’ve just been involved in a situation that puts you in the police spotlight, you’re probably in no condition to assess the character of the people interrogating you – so I suppose the best answer is to remain quiet.

  • Jim A

    Excellent, informative video. I think a lesson to take away is: don’t think you’re smarter than you actually are.

    And, in response to IZZY: Though I didn’t get from the video the suggestion that an “interviewee” be uncooperative or difficult, I agree that would be counter-productive. I would suggest a person faced with an interview politely but firmly refuse to speak until represented by counsel.

  • Ben J

    I often represent criminal defendants, and the worst thing they can do is talk to the cops. It isn’t hard, just don’t say anything. There is not a lot that a lawyer can do for a defendant when they’ve already made a statement to the cops, even an innocent statement can get them into trouble.

  • Craig

    Lol……Where is the video?

  • Andrew

    Hey Craig,

    Not sure why it’s not loading for you, you can check the direct link here:

  • Ruth Lopez

    Majority of our police simply do their job in my city. I do think that they have the best intuition, so they tend to be hard on the people that they initially found as the real culprit. If you are innocent then there’s no harm being cooperative because you got nothing to hide. Well, there’s also no harm exercising your rights. Thanks for the post.

  • Dustin

    What he says is not “Don’t talk to the police without an attorney”. He says don’t talk to the police. PERIOD. It can do you no good. Your statements CANNOT be used in your defense. Only against you. I think it was Ben Franklin that said “Only the innocent need lawyers. Let the guilty lie for themselves.” Good video.

  • Biggs

    Police are not required to tell you what you’re being arrested for. Within 72 hours you have right to be brought before a judge or released. When brought before a judge, that’s when the charges against you will be read. Nevertheless, at the time of arrest, police will typically give you a basic explanation for why you’re being taken into custody. Remember to keep your mouth shut and ask for a lawyer.

  • Vanguard

    Wow! powerful video.. I didn’t think i had the time to watch them completely and intended to fast forward through them in maybe 10 minutes.