This seems to a direct attack on the 5th Amendment. Enforcement Officers are trained to lie and deceive you. It may be advisable to adopt an adversarial approach to any and all encounters with Enforcement Officers, but the officers will not like that, at all.
With all due respect, sir, I never make voluntary statements”. “With all due respect sir, I never submit to voluntary searches”. “Am I under arrest?” “Am I free to go?” If you must say anything, say nothing more than asking for a lawyer…
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Terry Baynes in New York; Editing by Eric Beech
Fri Jan 11, 2013
(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect’s refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial.
Without comment, the court agreed to hear the appeal of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the December 1992 deaths of two brothers in Houston.
Salinas voluntarily answered police questions for about an hour, but he became silent when asked whether shotgun shells found at the crime scene would match a gun found at his home. An officer testified that Salinas demonstrated signs of deception.
Ballistics testing later matched the gun to the casings left at the murder scene.