Common Mistakes Made After Being Arrested
The most common mistake people make with encounters with the law enforcement officials, without question, is when people talk too much. In the movie The Judge with Robert Downey, Jr. – there is a scene where interrupts a confession that his father is voluntary giving, and says a line that is one of my favorites, “those who do not talk, WALK.” Police officers are good at what they do and are very skilled at being able to usually gain the information they are seeking from people who usually are totally unsuspecting. Citizens often feel intimidated by the authority of police officers and law enforcement officials and more often than now, usually end up saying WAY more than they should. Sometimes, people talk to police officers because they genuinely believe they will be able to explain what happened, effectually attempting to talk their way out of a situation of being arrested. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. If the police are going to arrest you, they’re going to do so whether you give a statement to them or not. Many times, when people do give statements to the police, they feel like they can explain themselves, which will justify their actions, and the police officer after hearing whatever is said will identify with them and why something may have been done.
Also, sometimes individuals simply often do not know how the system works, so they feel that if they are cooperative and do everything the police are asking and requesting of them, all will be okay. Most people are very compliant because we are taught, from a young age, to respect police officers and people in positions of authority. People also sometimes agree to speak with police officers more than they should, because they either feel intimidated or do not know what their rights are and how they are under no obligation to do so. If a person has never encountered the police, they will almost certainly say more than they should simply because they are trying to be cooperative and polite. This is why I have a passion for trying to appraise the otherwise unassuming public.
I’ve personally represented people had clients who have hired me for a criminal charge and I advise them on how to interact if they may find themselves in a position where they may be arrested again. More than on a few occasions previous clients of mine every now and then will sometimes find themselves in the position of having to deal law enforcement again, but because of the knowledge and information I try to give to them when we first worked together on the previous case, usually they are able to handle it in a better fashion, making it far less difficult to defend their case later in court.
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