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Police Officers Can't Lie to Me, Can They?

Yes, they can. Many people who are directly or indirectly involved with law enforcement are under the misperception that law enforcement officials are required to tell the truth when they are conducting an investigation or when they are speaking to an interested party about a case. But, when it comes to honesty, there is simply no such requirement.

It has been established statewide, and nationally, that police may lie during an investigation. See Pierce v. State, 761 N.E.2d 826, 828 (Ind. 2002) (affirming the admission of defendant’s statement despite the fact that the police officer lied about a preliminary DNA match in another investigation); see also Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731, 739 (1969) (holding that the officer was able to extract a confession from the criminal defendant by lying about the strength of the case). To that end, an individual who is interacting with police during an investigation should be aware that the information they are receiving may not necessarily be accurate or honest. And it may very well be the intent of law enforcement to deceive you to further their own ends.

Contact us today if you have questions or believe your Fourth Amendment or criminal rights have been violated. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case. Act now and contact us today at 1-800 NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.