If arrested, one can expect to be questioned by police. When Florida residents think about police interrogations, they probably think of what they’ve seen on any of the numerous crime-related television shows that have been on over the years — sitting at a table in a small room, investigators playing mind games, the use of physical force, or investigators making threats or false claims. The list goes on. Seeing this kind of thing play out on screen leaves people with numerous questions about what they can really expect if pulled in for a police interrogation. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions.
Question number one: Is a warrant needed to interrogate someone? Not necessarily. Generally, law enforcement offers just need probable cause to make an arrest and conduct an interview. However, there are a select few circumstances where a warrant must be obtained. Legal counsel can provide more information on that.
Question number two: What are investigators allowed to do during an interrogation? They can ask questions or lie to get confessions, but they cannot engage in physical violence or psychological coercion. The use of unacceptable interrogation practices may result in evidence gained through the interview being ruled inadmissible.
Question number three: Can police interrogate me without giving the Miranda warning? Yes. However, it is not necessarily in their interest to do so. Without reading someone their Miranda rights, any evidence gathered during the interview may not be used against them in court.
Question number four: Can I refuse to answer their questions? Yes. A person does have the ability to exercise his or her right to remain silent at any point during an interrogation.
Sitting through a police interrogation can be a nerve-racking experience. Thankfully, that is something Florida residents do not have to go through alone. Anyone who has been arrested can ask for legal counsel at any time. With the right assistance, one can get through the interview as quickly as possible while also minimizing any damage it may do to one’s case.