If you’re facing criminal charges, the police may try to interrogate you. You do have a right to remain silent, so you don’t have to answer their questions and you can ask to see your lawyer. But they still may try to talk to you, at least until you invoke this right.
When they are discussing the case with you, you may assume that they have to be honest and tell you the truth, perhaps because you are instructed to be honest with the officers. But this is not always the case. There are many situations in which the police are legally allowed to lie to you, and they may do so if they believe that it will help their position.
One example: Claiming someone else already confessed
For instance, perhaps you and another individual are both facing murder charges. You’ve denied that you had anything to do with it. They’ve arrested both of you and separated you for the interrogation.
An officer may come into your room and tell you that the other person already confessed and said that both of you committed the murder. This is clearly a lie, but they’re hoping that you will confess if you think that the other person already turned on you and told the police what occurred. They’re trying to trick you into a confession that you wouldn’t have given otherwise.
How effective this trick is depends on a lot of different factors, but it’s commonly used with younger individuals. It underscores the need for a strong legal defense, and it shows why you need to be well aware of all of your rights when talking with the police.