RIGHT TO SILENCE

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Except for the obligation to state your name and address and birthdate you have a general right of silence. The Police cannot force you to give any information about where you were at a specific time, what you were doing, who you were with or any other information. Police certainly cannot make you give a statement. Giving a statement is a serious act and you should never make a statement until you have consulted a lawyer.

Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Exercise your right of silence. If you are under pressure to talk, demand to speak with your lawyer. Police are obliged to allow you to have contact with your lawyer.

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