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The 3 Things I Would Want My Friends To Know

  1. Do not consent to a search:  If the police ask to search your house or vehicle, that usually means they do not have the right to do so unless you give it to them. If you do consent to a search, whatever is found during that search will be used against you. Do not resist if the police begin to search, but be very specific that you do not consent to any search whatsoever. Even if the police do not respect your rights, it will give your attorney a chance to fight for your constitutional rights and to prove the search and the resulting arrest was illegal. If you do consent, your constitutional right is waived, and there is very little can be done at that point. 
  2. Do not volunteer information or make a statement to the police: Rarely has anyone benefited from volunteering information to the police. Any information given by the individual will be recorded and used against them in the prosecution of the charge. If for any reason you believe you are a suspect of a crime, it is wise to not answer questions, but instead ask if you are free to leave. If the police say no, then that is your cue to stop talking and request your constitutional right of an attorney. Do not be sweet talked into speaking. Although there are many honest police officers, others have been known to lie. Even if they make promises, I would still advise staying silent until your attorney is present.
  3. Do not agree to a breath or blood test: If you are being asked to take a breath test, the police have already decided to arrest you, regardless of the result of the PBT (Preliminary Breath Test). Unless you are positive you are not going to blow at or over a .08 BAC, you are only going to hurt your case, and the Breathalyzer results will be used against you in the prosecution of your case. Personally, even if I had one drink before driving, I would exercise my constitutional right to refuse a blood or breathe sample.  
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