If and when you get arrested don’t say a word
I bet that you thought you would never get arrested. Because you are invincible right? You are invisible when you walk down the street and the cops just can’t see you. Well I’m sorry to burst your bubble for you but you are not. Nobody is immune from getting arrested, not you, not me, not anyone. If the police think that they have just cause to stop and search and they find that you have an arrest warrant or you have committed some offence, however minor it might be, then you can get yourself arrested as easy as falling off a log.
All you have to do is get stopped in your car for a faulty tail light and suddenly they find something that your friends left under the seat. You might have no idea that it’s there but you are responsible for it under the law and it can get you arrested. Oh and don’t ever think about carrying a firearm in the car unless you have a permit and a cast iron reason why it needs to be there. These things will get you arrested faster than a speeding patrol car.
If you are unfortunate enough to get arrested, and lots of innocent people do, you need to tell them your name and address and then shut your mouth. You can be polite and courteous and submissive but do not volunteer any information. Don’t say anything at all because they will only hold it against you later. Do not think of cops as friends at this point. They are not your friends, they are guys playing a game of how many points they can score and how fast they can progress their careers.
Do not say a word more than you absolutely have to
“Anything you say may be used in evidence against you”. The police tell you this when they arrest you so why on earth would you want to tell them anything?
If you are in the UK you must be even more cautious because the cops in Britain don’t tell you that. Instead they try and persuade you that it’s in your best interest to talk to them and tell them everything. They lie. The reality is the same in the UK as it is in the US. Anything you say can and probably will be used against you in court. Even if you have a cast iron alibi it is still very dangerous for you to make any kind of statement to the police. They have many clever ways of getting you to say what they want you to say and before you know it they have blown away your alibi. Don’t give them the opportunity.
Get yourself a good lawyer
Lawyers are expensive I agree but what price do you put on your freedom and liberty. Not to mention your good name. If you think a lawyer is expensive then think about how much money you will lose while incarcerated in prison. Never talk to the police without your lawyer being present.
Your statements can be used out of context in court. Yes there is nothing to say that the jury has to hear every word of what you said. How easy would it be for a skilled prosecution lawyer to pick your words to paint you in the worst light? It can often be very easy. Don’t give the police anything that they can use against you. Keep your mouth shut.
Never touch a police officer
If an officer is going to arrest you then he wants to arrest you for as many offences as he can. He also wants to arrest you for serious offences rather than minor ones. Why? Because they get more points for it. Points which serve to measure their performance and help to advance them in their careers. It can be an offence to touch a police officer or to shout at them or to resist arrest or be obstructive. So don’t do it. They may provoke you but just hold your ground and take it on the chin. Don’t make their day.
You do need a lawyer
Never think that you don’t need a lawyer. No matter how factually innocent you are, no matter how good your alibi is, you still need a lawyer. It’s not what you know that matters, it’s what you can prove. If the police can trash your alibi then they will regardless of the truth. You need a lawyer to protect you from the police. remember they are not your friends.
do the police get prizes for finding the truth? No they get rewarded for convicting people. It doesn’t matter if they are innocent or guilty. The police accrue their points when you get convicted and they will do everything in their power to make that happen. The system demands that they do.
Beware of the police, they are not your friends
When the police arrest you they become your enemies. The adversarial justice system guarantees this. It is their job to gather evidence against you and they are not interested in evidence that might prove your innocence.
The police are well rehearsed in interrogation techniques. They are skilled at getting you to say exactly what it is that they want you to say and it will not be in your best interest. Don’t say anything at all, that’s the best advice.
Don’t help the real criminal to get away
If you cooperate with the police then you are potentially giving them evidence that they can use to convict you with. If that happens, and you are innocent, then the real criminal gets away free. The police won’t even look for them anymore. You must not let this happen. You must make the police do the job that they are supposed to do and find the real criminals. You don’t help them to do that by talking to them.
Deal with any outstanding arrest warrants and avoid arrest
You can avoid getting yourself arrested in some circumstances. If you know that you have a warrant then you can hand yourself in before the police come for you. If you voluntarily give yourself up with your lawyer then you will be so much better off dealing with the warrant. You can often avoid arrest this way. You can find out if you have any active arrest warrants by using a public records investigations web site. It isn’t expensive and it can save you a whole lot of trouble.
Author: Steve Gee