Even under arrest, it’s illegal to force you to testify against yourself thanks to the Fifth Amendment. On the other hand, the Fourth Amendment states that your belongings or records cannot be legally seized or search if there is no just cause. Despite these, however, American law enforcement are trained to use deceptive, intimidating, and manipulative methods to try and get around those restrictions.
“Do you know why I stopped you?”
This is not the beginning of a friendly chat. It’s a way to get you to admit guilt voluntarily, especially when the cop is not sure of what they are arresting you for. You might think you’re making excuses, explaining, or simply apologizing, but from law enforcement viewpoint, your answer to this question can count as a confession.
“We can get a warrant.”
This is a common intimidation statement that can force you to consent to an unlawful search. The implication is that you can make things easier for you if you simply cooperate, but you might simply be surrendering your rights should you agree with this demand.A good way to avoid getting into deeper trouble is to invoke your Miranda Rights and refuse to say anything without your lawyer present. Remember, you don’t have to speak up no matter what the cops say, so be patient, wait for your attorney, and get help from a Long Beach bail bond agency to get you out of jail as soon as possible.