Can I Refuse To Speak To The Police?

In New York, you are fully within your rights to refuse to speak to the police when being placed under arrest. Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in the courtroom so even things you may consider innocent can potentially hurt you in court. If you or someone you love is arrested in New York, schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Long Island criminal defense attorney at The Matera Law Firm. Let our 25 years of experience work for you.


There is never a requirement that anyone speaks to a member of law enforcement when they’re being arrested. In fact, quite the opposite. My strong recommendation is that you never speak to the police once you’re being arrested. No good has ever come from speaking to a police officer. And what people need to understand is that the police officer officers have a job to do. Their job is to secure a proper arrest that’s going to lead to a proper conviction.

That being said, they’re not looking to do you any favors and help you out of a situation. If you’re being placed under arrest, you should immediately ask for a lawyer and refuse to speak to the police or answer any additional questions other than your general pedigree information.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. As former prosecutors, we know how the other side of the courtroom is going to be looking at our clients’ cases. Further, that trial experience has allowed us to generate positive results for all of our clients over the years.

If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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