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Photo: Atstock Productions (Shutterstock) According to the rules of popular culture, a cop has to answer honestly when faced with the hard-hitting question of “Are you a cop?” Tragically, this is not true. Police officers are legally allowed to lie. In fact, they’re allowed to lie a lot. If you’re being questioned by the police, they can and will say most anything in their attempts to get you to confess to a crime or offer up any kind of incriminating information. In theory, there are limits to the lies that police can tell, but what does that mean for you as a citizen? If you’re being questioned and are uncertain about whether or not the cops are lying to you, what’s your best strategy in the moment? I spoke with Jack Litwak , a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, about how the police can legally lie to you and, more importantly, what you should do in those scenarios. How (and why) the police lie So you’ve been arrested and are in police custody. First things first: You have the right to remain silent. You know this. While it might not happen exactly like it does on TV, a police officer or other official must, by law, read your Miranda warning about your Fifth Amendment rights before they interrogate you. Here’s a quick recap of those rights: You have the right to remain silent Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law You […]