Now, we’re not insuinating that any of you out there are hardened criminals. Well, not all of you at least! But almost all of us are bound to cross the path of the law at some point in our lives and when that time comes, cops are looking for any excuse they can find to get you in trouble.
Cops have a lot of power to mess up your day. They can basically write you whatever traffic ticket they feel like; in court, their word carries the force of law; and they can lie, deceive and cajole to get you to incriminate yourself. What are the best defenses? Constitutional rights. Spend a few minutes of your time watching Regent Law School professor James Duane explain your handy-dandy Fifth Amendment right to remain silent: