Frequently Asked Questions

I've been accused of a terrible crime, is it okay for me to give interviews with the media to get my side of the story out?

No!  Law enforcement and the local prosecutor will use what you say in the interview against you. Also the media sometimes will intentionally misquote you to make their story more interesting.  So please don't give any interviews to the media as it will make defending you harder.

Can I write a letter of apology or call the prosecutor so that my crime is forgiven?

No!  The prosecutor will use the letter or phone call as a confession to help convict you. Having any contact with either law enforcement or the prosecutor without your own lawyer present is a huge mistake, and the damage to your case can't be undone. 

I'm really angry that I was arrested, can I use social media to get back at law enforcement, the prosecutor, and the judge?

No! Law enforcement and prosecutors look at your social media posts for evidence to use against you and for any co-conspirators that they can flip to testify against you or to arrest.  You need to keep quiet and let your lawyer do their job.  The last thing you want is to get law enforcement, the prosecutor or the judge angry at you for posting things about them on social media.

My new best friend forever is my new cellmate, can I talk about my case to them?

No!  People in jail are under a great deal of pressure to confess or provide information to law enforcement or prosecutors about other people's crimes, like yours.  Your cellmate or anybody else that is locked up with you will ask you questions to gain information to trade for their freedom.  

Are all inmate's phone calls and visitors recorded and monitored by law enforcement and prosecutors for evidence to use against you?

Yes! All outside contacts are analyzed for evidence to use against you.  Many times inmates are charged with additional crimes, so it is always best to bond out as soon as possible.  It is also best to keep quiet and instruct people that call and visit you to do the same.

Is it true that as soon as you're arrested you should ask for a lawyer?

 

Yes!  Don't try and outsmart the cops by "explaining" things to them, just keep quiet and ask for an attorney.

 

The police say only a guilty person asks for a lawyer, I don't want to look guilty, what do I do?

 

The police will tell you anything that will get you to confess to the crime, this is part of the Reid Method of Interrogation.  When the lie about "only guilty people ask for lawyers" works on a suspect, then the police really start interrogating you hard.  They will tag team you for hours, if you let them. So, you need to ask for a lawyer as soon as you are arrested!

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