November 14, 2014
My next cards are going to look like this.
There is a space on my potential client interview form that prompts me to ask my potential clients if they gave any statements to the police, whether on the scene where they’re arrested or back at the station.
I am considering removing it, because it is useless.
Invariably, when I first ask them this questions, 9/10 clients say “No, man, I know my rights”. Great! I love when my clients know their rights. It makes my job a lot easier.
Then I start talking with my clients about what happened when they got arrested, and that “No” becomes “well, I guess I said it wasn’t me”. Or “I told them I didn’t have any drugs on me because I wasn’t a dealer, I was a user”. Or, my favorite “Why are you arresting me? I didn’t shoot anyone!”. Or “I just wrote down everything that happened, and I apologized for taking all the money”.
Folks, I have four words for you: “Shut. The. Hell. Up.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 1, 2014
Get a Warrant — for iPhone
I made this on my iPhone yesterday, and it currently serves as my lock screen.
Feel free to download and use it appropriately.
Tell your friends and share as much as you’d like. Get the word out there that police may not search your phone without your consent or a warrant, thanks to Riley v. California.
(Wikipedia here, SCOTUS opinion here, OYEZ project link here).
While you’re at it, turn off location services.
Edit: I had a colleague point out to me that the text is obscured by the unlock dots on some Android phones. An Android version is below the fold.
2nd Edit: Ken at Popehat requested a special custom version, which is also below the fold. Use at your own risk.
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March 26, 2013
Today’s legal pro-tip: If you are a criminal defendant, or a potential criminal defendant — SHUT UP.
Don’t talk on the internet, even if you get “free advice” from professionals on the internet. Guess what? DAs read Avvo.com too.
So if you’re a criminal defendant, or a potential criminal defendant, do the following:
- Shut up.
- Don’t post on about your case on the internet. This means Avvo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Instagram, Grindr — WHATEVER.
- Call an attorney immediately.
- Did I mention SHUT UP?
Talking on the internet cannot help you. It can, and will, only hurt your case.
You hire a lawyer, you get someone who’ll be the only person between you and a prosecutor gunning for your head.
In the meantime SHUT UP. Free legal advice on the internet is worth what you pay for it. Except this advice. This advice might just save your ass.
h/t Charles Thomas for the link to the Avvo question that inspired this post.