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Is lying allowed during police interrogation?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2022 | Criminal Defense

An interrogation by law enforcement can be scary. You may be upset or even defiant.

The officers may tell you things that you do not believe. In some cases, you may be right. The Innocence Project explains officers can lie to you during an interrogation, but the reverse is not true.

Not telling the truth

The law does not prevent officers from lying to you when questioning you about a crime. They may lie for a variety of reasons. They often do so to get you to give them the information they need to make a case against you. They can use all types of procedures and tricks to get you to tell them what they need to hear. That is why it is essential to exercise your right to remain silent.

Tables turned

While officers can lie to you, you cannot lie to them. It is illegal for you to lie, and if you do, you will face punishment for it. Your best bet when you do not want to answer questions or tell the truth is to stay silent. You do have the right to do that.


There are some limitations on officers that will make it illegal for them to lie to you about certain things. They cannot tell you anything about your rights that is not true. For example, they cannot tell you that you must answer questions or that you cannot see a lawyer. They also cannot use coercion to get you to answer. Violations of these rules are something your attorney can use in your defense once you go to court.