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Should I Talk to the Police?

What should you do if you are being investigated for a crime and the police want to talk with you about it? Well, the short answer is: Don’t do so without an attorney present. Though you should be respectful, you should make it clear that you have no intention in talking with them without your criminal defense attorney present. So, why is this? Well, when the police want to talk to you it is generally for one of two reasons: (1) You are a suspect; (2) You are a possible suspect. From a common sense standpoint: Why else would the police want to talk with you? It’s possible that your name was mentioned by another suspect, or that you look like the alleged suspect? Fortunately, the 5th Amendmen

Should I Consent to a Search of My Vehicle?

Short Answer: No. Long Answer: Still, no. The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution protects an individual against unreasonable searches and seizures. Generally, a warrant, issued by a magistrate and supported by probable cause is required for a search and seizure. However, there are exceptions to this, especially as it relates to automobiles. First, the police officer must have probable cause to believe that a traffic violation has occurred in order to stop your vehicle. What is probable cause? As it relates to an automobile, probable cause exists where a person of reasonable prudence would believe that a traffic violation has occurred. This is not a hard burden for an officer to meet, an

Don’t Help Convict Yourself via Social Media

At some point we have all been told to be “careful of what you post online.” It’s easy to brush this advice off and to continue posting anything and everything that comes to mind, but I wouldn’t suggest it. This is not to say that you should never post on social media, but you must try to be aware of the possible consequences of your actions. Generally, when someone tells you to be “careful of what you post online” they are concerned about potential future employers seeing your drunken collages from college. However, that is not what I am talking about today. Though it is arguably frowned upon to have massive amounts of party photos, such photos are unlikely to result in a conviction of any

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