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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

Maybe. In many but not all situations, the police have a certain latitude in how they charge an incident. In many but not all socieities, speeding is seen as less morally repugnant than, say, theft ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

The benefit of not confessing is that they have no confession from you. If you decide later to challenge it on some basis you will have given up any advantage you may have had to get the case ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

The benefit of confession is that it makes the entire encounter go smoother. Denying something which you know you have done and which they know you have done (or even not admitting it) is just wasting ...
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Is the saying that "cops can use anything you say against you" overstated or understated?

It is somewhat understated, because your silence can also be used against you. In Salinas v. Texas, defendant Salinas was "just talking" to police, not in custody, and his silence (as ...
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Alternatives to pleading the 5th that also offers protection

united-states It is not required for a person to formally assert a fifth- or a first-amendment right when questioned by the police. One can simply be silent, refuse to answer any questions, without ...
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Is the saying that "cops can use anything you say against you" overstated or understated?

The Miranda Warning doesn't go far enough. It clearly states that you have the right to remain silent, and anything you do say can be used against you. The statement should include the fact that you ...
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Is the saying that "cops can use anything you say against you" overstated or understated?

This depends on the relations between the police and community in your area. Every interaction between the police and the public is, first and foremost, a social interaction between individuals. Only ...
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Alternatives to pleading the 5th that also offers protection

The speaker in the video, James Duane, published a follow-up book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent. To summarize it: Don’t talk to police. Don’t plead the fifth. Plead the sixth. These are ...
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Should I retain a criminal defense lawyer just in case?

You don't need to have an existing relationship with a lawyer to refuse to talk to the police. You can tell the police you want a lawyer before answering questions. Generally speaking, this should ...
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Can the police legally force you to sit in interrogation?

If the police order you to sit in an interrogation room and you are not permitted to leave, by definition, you have been arrested. Detaining someone against their will for longer than necessary to ...
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Alternatives to pleading the 5th that also offers protection

You must plead the Fifth under the following circumstances. 1: during a custody interrogation, where you want to terminate the questioning. 2: when testifying in a legal proceeding (and not guaranteed ...
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Is the saying that "cops can use anything you say against you" overstated or understated?

canada The statement is accurate in one sense: statements made out of court by a party to litigation (including by a criminal defendant) can generally be introduced at trial by the opposing party ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

germany On basis of this law the Oberlandesgericht (2nd highest civil court in Germany) in North-Rhine-Westphalia decided that it is up to the officer how harshly he wants to pursue an '...
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Can you get into trouble for not answering questions when talking to the police?

There are certain situations where the law may require you to provide some information -- particularly when you've been pulled over for a traffic violation -- but it is typically limited to basic ...
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Alternatives to pleading the 5th that also offers protection

Pleading the fifth is only technically necessary to defeat a court order or legal requirement to compel testimony, outside a court order a person's right to freedom of speech includes the freedom not ...
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Must one give anything but name and DOB to police if they have been witnessed committing an offence by the cop?

You don’t have to give your name or DOB unless and until the officer has described the offence they suspect you may have committed However, once this has been done, you must provide your name, your ...
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If the police ask you a question, what response can you make that can't be used as evidence against you?

This may not be the answer that you're looking for, but my mother always told me the best way to take control of a conversation is to ask a question. Am I under investigation? Did you just try and ...
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When does a warning not to talk to the police become "witness tampering"?

This question and many related ones are analysed in detail by Eugene Volokh, in a long paper that is worth reading in its entirety if you are interested in the topic. The [Supreme] Court has offered “...
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Can you get into trouble for not answering questions when talking to the police?

Unlike the situation in the UK, you have no obligation to answer questions posed by police, apart from some state requirements to identify during a traffic stop (which can be complied with by ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

The question you usually hear is "Do you know how fast you were going?" Point of interest: Your average speedometer is calibrated to read a little high. If you pay attention to it, you ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

poland Up to 3 years ago, radars used by the police to measure speed lacked proper certification. Thus, you could successfully challenge your ticket in court, and a lot of them was dismissed there, or ...
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When is one required to provide one's name and DOB to the police if one wishes to avoid arrest?

United Kingdom It can sometimes feel as if the average person must follow or carry out every police request when stopped in public. However, this is not always true. Some personal information doesn’t ...
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