You should always remember your right to remain silent. Officers are serious when they tell you that anything you say can and will be used as evidence against you in court. Probably the most common mistake made by anyone following an arrest is the decision to answer police questions. Confessions make up a significant portion of evidence in all convictions. You also have the right to have an attorney present during police questioning. This does not mean the officers have to stop their investigation to wait for the arrival of an attorney, but they cannot ask you questions without an attorney being present, if you ask for one. Once you have identified yourself to police, you may refuse to make any statement, or you can discuss the case with anyone. Keep in mind, any information you give can be used as evidence against you in court. Law enforcement officers cannot force or threaten you into answering questions and cannot offer you anything in exchange for your answering questions. If you begin answering police questions but later change your mind, you may always stop answering questions. However, you must be clear to the police that you are exercising your right to remain silent.