Can Police Lie?

Greg Spencer, a criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis answers: “yes”.  What could be considered “trickery”  alone does not make a confession inadmissible. The court must look to see whether the deception is reasonably likely to produce a false confession.

People v. Farnam (2002) 28 Cal.4th 107Hawkins v. Lynaugh (5th Cir. 1988) 844 F.2d 1132

It is important to distinguish between a false promise made by police: (for example, “If you confess, you will get probation”) and a vague statement (for example, “If you confess, I will talk to the prosecutor.”)

It is important to understand that you have the right to have an attorney present during police interrogation.