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Ex-Cop’s Wife Shares Tips On What You Should Never Do When You Get Arrested
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Ex-Cop’s Wife Shares Tips On What You Should Never Do When You Get Arrested

We’ve all watched TV shows like Law & Order and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where officers of the law try their best to catch the bad guy, employing everything at their power to get incriminating evidence on their suspect. And it wouldn’t be too far from truth to say that one of the best moments on television is when the suspect cracks during interrogation and calls for a lawyer, even if they’ve already gave away enough information. Well, real life is far from what we see on television and, unfortunately, for some people this difference can lead to a lot of trouble.

One Tumblr user, claiming to be former police officer’s wife, has decided to share some friendly advice with people who might end up on the wrong side of the law. While television might make you believe that calling your lawyer might indicate that you’re hiding a crime, reality is much different. People joined in to express their own opinions and experiences, and hey, you never know when you might need this information in your life. Better safe than sorry!

As life works in mysterious ways, you never know when you might end up on the wrong side of the law

Image credits: Einar Jørgen Haraldseid

Even if you didn’t do anything wrong, police can still treat you like a suspect, so an ex-cop’s wife decided to give some advice in case you get arrested

Image credits: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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diane a
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3 years ago (edited)

Be very careful around police full stop - even when you are the complainant. They have their own agenda and rules, or just plain thoughtlesness, some of which may not be in your best interests.

Whawhawhatsis
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3 years ago

I learned that years ago when I was a witness to a motorcyclist being hit by traffic starting up as a light turned green, and a car hit him before he could get his cycle moving. I stayed to help the police with what I knew -- and the cop took MY license, as well as that of every other witness, and ran them to make sure we weren't hiding from something! Ever since then I've firmly believed that that right to a lawyer is the most valuable right in the Constitution at such times! Fortunately, he didn't find anything on me, but he kept all us witnesses standing around for over half an hour before he would give us our licenses back. I'm still PO'd about it, and it's been over 20 years now!

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Johnny
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3 years ago

A Harvard Law professor explains why you should never talk to police: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

Petra Christovová
Community Member
3 years ago

Saw that, a great video. Many people think of cops as some protectors and helpers but imho that is not true. Their main goal is at better case to protect the law, at worst case they are corrupt and function only as money collectors for banal offenses (and do nothing in face of real crime) who lie and use nasty and unlawful tactics. Unfortunately that is also my personal experience.

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Daria B
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3 years ago (edited)

These are all good advices. Now the next question is: how to get a lawyer? Also, in case you're an immigrant (a legal and documented one), is it wise to call your embassy first?

Jane Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

You state clearly, "I want a lawyer." That is what you say. That is all you say. Every time they ask you anything. You are given a phone call; call your embassy. Tell them you have asked for a lawyer but not been assigned one yet.

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Be very careful around police full stop - even when you are the complainant. They have their own agenda and rules, or just plain thoughtlesness, some of which may not be in your best interests.

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
3 years ago

I learned that years ago when I was a witness to a motorcyclist being hit by traffic starting up as a light turned green, and a car hit him before he could get his cycle moving. I stayed to help the police with what I knew -- and the cop took MY license, as well as that of every other witness, and ran them to make sure we weren't hiding from something! Ever since then I've firmly believed that that right to a lawyer is the most valuable right in the Constitution at such times! Fortunately, he didn't find anything on me, but he kept all us witnesses standing around for over half an hour before he would give us our licenses back. I'm still PO'd about it, and it's been over 20 years now!

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Johnny
Community Member
3 years ago

A Harvard Law professor explains why you should never talk to police: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

Petra Christovová
Community Member
3 years ago

Saw that, a great video. Many people think of cops as some protectors and helpers but imho that is not true. Their main goal is at better case to protect the law, at worst case they are corrupt and function only as money collectors for banal offenses (and do nothing in face of real crime) who lie and use nasty and unlawful tactics. Unfortunately that is also my personal experience.

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

These are all good advices. Now the next question is: how to get a lawyer? Also, in case you're an immigrant (a legal and documented one), is it wise to call your embassy first?

Jane Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

You state clearly, "I want a lawyer." That is what you say. That is all you say. Every time they ask you anything. You are given a phone call; call your embassy. Tell them you have asked for a lawyer but not been assigned one yet.

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