Frequently Asked Questions About Police Interrogations

Frequently Asked Questions About Police Interrogations Do I have to answer questions if the police stop me while I am walking on the street? The police can stop a person when they have good faith belief that the person was involved in a crime – this is often referred to as a “Terry Stop.”  However, under the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, a person does not have to answer any questions.  In fact, a person should not answer any questions during a “Terry Stop.”  The law only requires a person to give his name, date of birth, address and [...]

Facts, Lies and Videotaped Interrogations

  FACTS, LIES and VIDEOTAPED INTERROGATIONS The Justice Department recently said that the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement agencies are encouraged to videotape interviews with suspects in most instances. This new policy does not apply in cases where agents need urgent national security-related information that could expose sources or methods or where the interviewed subject request to not be videoed.  This is one of the most significant changes in F.B.I. policy under James B. Comey, who took charge as the bureau’s director in September. Mr. Comey’s predecessor, Robert S. Mueller III, and senior bureau officials had once opposed the video [...]

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