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Don't Talk To Cops

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"GOOD MORNING! My name is investigator Holmes. Do you mind
answering a few simple questions?" If you open your door one day and are
greeted with those words, STOP AND THINK! Whether it is the local police
or the FBI at your door, you have certain legal rights of which you ought
to be aware before you proceed any further.
In the first place, when law enforcement authorities come to see
you, there are no "simple questions". Unless they are investigating a
traffic accident, you can be sure that they want information about
somebody. And that somebody may be you!
Rule number one to remember when confronted by the authorities is
that there is no law requiring you to talk with the police, the FBI, or
the representative of any other investigative agency. Even the simplest
questions may be loaded and the seemingly harmless bits of information
which you volunteer may later become vital links in a chain of
circumstantial evidence against you or a friend.
DO NOT INVITE THE INVESTIGATOR INTO YOUR HOME!
Such an invitation not only gives him the opportunity to look
around for clues to your lifestyle, friends, reading material, etc., but
also tends to prolong the conversation. The longer the conversation, the
more chance there is for a skill investigator to find out what he wants to
know.
Many times a police officer will ask you to ...

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