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Are the Police Allowed to Lie to Me in Illinois?

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Being charged with a criminal offense can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. If you have been accused of drug possession or distribution, a weapons violation, theft, domestic violence, or another crime, it is essential to know your rights. Criminal defendants are afforded rights by the U.S. Constitution and other legislation. Among these important rights are the right to due process, the right to an attorney, and the right to avoid self-incrimination. However, the rights of suspects and criminal defendants are limited. One issue that is commonly misunderstood is whether police are allowed to lie to individuals suspected of a crime.

Understanding the Tactics Police May Use During a Criminal Investigation  

There are many myths regarding police conduct during interrogations and investigations. One popular myth is police officers must always identify themselves as police. You may have heard that a law enforcement officer has to tell you that he or she is a police officer if you ask him or her. This is simply not true. Police are authorized to lie about their identity – even when directly asked.

Furthermore, police are permitted to lie to suspects during a criminal investigation. While interrogating a suspect, the police may claim that they have evidence that they do not actually have. They may even claim that another criminal suspect has confessed and implicated the suspect in a crime. These are only a few of the tactics police may use to encourage a suspect to confess or to gather information about an alleged crime. This is why it is essential for criminal suspects to decline police questioning until their attorney is present. You have the right to remain silent because you have the right to avoid incriminating yourself. One of the best ways to reduce the chances of a criminal conviction is to assert your right to remain silent and calmly ask for your attorney.

What Is the Difference Between Lying and Entrapment?

Law enforcement officers are subject to restrictions when it comes to lying. Police officers cannot, for example, threaten a criminal suspect or the suspect’s family with physical violence in order to elicit a response. Police officers are also prohibited from coercing an individual to commit a crime who would not have otherwise committed the crime. This is referred to as “entrapment.” There is a thin line between a legal “sting operation,” in which an undercover police officer pretends to be a regular citizen, and entrapment. If you suspect that you were the victim of entrapment, contact an attorney right away.

Contact a Joliet, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one have been accused of a crime, a skilled Will County criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. can provide the legal advocacy you need. Our team understands the tactics that police use during interrogations and can help you avoid self-incrimination. We can help you build a strong defense against criminal charges. Call us today at 815-666-1285 or 815-733-5350 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.



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