Our partners Trinity UCC came up with these rules for youth encounters with law enforcement #mtspeacemakers #mylifematters
  1. 1.
    Talking to the police will not convince them of your innocence
    Some people think that if they tell the officers they are not guilty of a crime, that the officer will believe their story and let them go. WRONG. That does not happen. The officer already has some reasonable cause for thinking you have committed a crime and sharing your side of the story will only lead to serious risks of saying incriminating statements.
  2. 2.
    Remaining silent does not mean you are guilty
    Often people believe hat not talking to law enforcement means they are admitting guilt. FALSE. It means that you have chosen to exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. You have the right to remain silent!
  3. 3.
    There is no benefit to admitting your guilt
    Confessing your guilt to a police officer has no benefit. In fact, typically an individual who confesses their crime to an officer will face a longer and harsher sentence than an individual who let their criminal defense attorney do the talking for them.
  4. 4.
    Police often embellish or exaggerate
    Unfortunately officers don't write their police reports from an unbiased perspective, they write reports from their own perspective. If you don't talk, an officer cannot exaggerate your statement.
  5. 5.
    The more times you tell a story, the harder it becomes to tell it the same
    It is nearly impossible to retell a story exactly how you told it the first time, even if it is the truth. Discrepancies can be used to discredit you if your testimony differs from your original story