Refuse to Talk to the Cops? Better not have any weed on ya, By Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff Lotter

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At risk of going to jail? Refuse talking to the cops could put you there quickly! Traditional legal advice tends to focus on after the fact, not preventing the arrest in …

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  1. Keep it up jeff! Good wisdoms, your the man! I can honestly say you've changed the way I think about the subject of police contact

  2. Jeff, as a practical method of dealing with the odor of alcohol, would you ever advise using anything to mask your breath? Would it really work, or would the cop smell it and be more suspicious or smell through it?

  3. I bet not many here know that anything you say to the police cannot be used in court as a defense. Example you tell the police that the passenger told you he had weed but you get charged. Later in court if you call the office to the stand ask him to testify what you told him the prosecutor will say it's "Hear say", and the judge will agree or sustain the objection. Anything you tell the police will be used against you, and cannot be used to defend you.

  4. Cops arrest innocent people all the time. Just to get an arrest. Happened to my 17 year old sober and polite daughter. Ugly Bitch cop trying to prove herself. Terrified my kid for fun.

  5. I choose to take the advice of Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson any time I have an encounter with a police officer over any lawyer. It's been said that he was one of the most arguable writers to ever sit on the Supreme Court. One of his most notable statements was; any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make NO statement to the police under ANY circumstances. Also I carry a card in my wallet that is provided by J.K.Ramey about know the three big things. It States on the card that I'm invoking my 4th 5th and 6th amendments, also I have Justice Jackson's credentials written down with a ending note that states I choose to take the advice of him over any OTHER lawyer… I have no problem giving the officer my ID, reg., and proof of insurance. The only question I'll answer is is my address is correct. J k Ramey explains these things in his video on you tube, know the three big things… in it he explains why you don't talk that you should always take blood over breath etc.check these things out especially Justice Jackson, he wasGeneral counsel-bureau internal affairs 1934-35, special counsel u.s. dept of treasury 1936-38, special counsel securities and exchange commission 1935-38, assistant u.s. attorney General tax division 1936-38, solicitor general of the U.S. 1938-39, attorney general of the u.s. 1940-41, chief u.s. prosecutor Nuremberg trials 1945, assistant justice of the supreme court 1941-54. I don't know if you agree with this or not, but I was arrested for dui in 2008 even though I haven't drank since 1995. Took blood instead of breath when the results came back 0.00 not only was the case dismissed I sued the city for false arrest and was awarded 72,500. Not a bad wages for 5 court appearance and one night in jail

  6. ANY officer who is "triggered" by a citizen asserting their right to not answer questions is incompetent. The assertion of a right can not be converted into a crime.

    "If you tell the guy where you're coming from, that's not gonna cause you any harm, either." That statement is wholly inaccurate.

    Here's an example:
    Officer: Where are you coming from"
    Citizen: I just left Wal Mart on Bleeker Street.
    Officer: You're under arrest.

    WHY the arrest? The citizen left the scene of a murder that just happened at that location. The citizen gave the officer reason to detain.

    The other popular trap question is, "Where are you going to?" If your destination is the scene of a crime, the officer may now detain you.

    Obviously, a person may not know if a crime has happened from where they came from, or where they are going to. Don't make yourself an easy suspect by answering these questions.

  7. be cool, stay quiet, think before answering, i mean really take a few seconds to answer, simple questions give simple short answesr and shut up, dont act angry even if you are, behave indifferent, if its questions that are going to harm legally, just smile and say i rather not answer that. take the ticket and duke it out in court, not in their playground. Police have a high ego and cant tolerate some one not obeying them. So they will escalate the situation. if you know your rigths, cool, no need to announce it or show off, just practice it in a calm quiet and polite manner. be in control of your behavior and set the pace with your manner of speaking and body language. they ( Cops) will see this and act accordinlly. Every one want to act like a lawyer or think they know more then the police, remember they practice this every day, you dont! Thanks. Vic

  8. Sorry man, but all you're saying is cooperate. People have rights – including the right to not cooperate.. You're right that if you aren't doing anything wrong, cooperation will likely lead to a more friendly encounter. Cops don't like it when they don't get their way and all too often trample on the rights of people for their own personal, emotional reasons. This is the reason cities are paying millions of dollars to citizens for court settlements or cases won due to poor policing. Shitty cops need to be identified. If they can't do their investigation within the scope of the law, well tough. I get what you are saying, but if nobody stands up for their rights, well then we may as well not have them.

  9. I watch these "audit" videos and think "What a bunch of assholes". It's not only the right but duty of an Officer to investigate suspicious activity. On the other hand in a lot of cases once the Officer realizes they are just dealing with a troublemaker, not a terrorist, they don't simply walk away but escalate which is exactly what the troublemaker wants.

  10. Jeff I appreciate the videos and hope they continue for a long time. I just wanted to say that the path that lead me to your videos were the links that were provided by other videos on YouTube that concerned traffic stops and fourth amendment rights. So, I guess I'm somewhat biased in favor of supporting citizen's rights over a single person taking your advice in order to get out of a current jam. In a LEO encounter I suppose the "suspect" would need to decide (and PDQ) whether he wants to save his hide now or express his constitutional rights – knowing that in order to exercise his "rights" will cost him a lot more money than kowtowing to a cop. So at least for the LEO, his advantage is knowing that the constitutional path for a citizen to express his "rights" is an expensive decision and to get your day in court might require an "arrest"…

    I understand your goal here is to prevent the situation from occurring in the first place – but… the most you can hope for with that goal is to be let off for a minor traffic violation (good goal if you already have points accumulated) but I don't see a cop letting go if you are suspected of DUI, bad vehicle registration, drug odors, or an outstanding warrant, etc.. For the price of a minor ticket you may as well test your "rights" for 50 bucks or so if you think you can "pro se" without falling apart.

    And maybe your "target audience" IS those who "distain" cops and you don't realize that.

    Oh, and today is the 29th and the SCOTUS is hearing Carpenter v US (can a third party release cellphone location without a warrant) – I would like to hear your opinion on what the outcome might be in light of Smith v Maryland were the SCOTUS ruled that freely giving a third party information is NOT covered by the 4th amendment.

    Thanks, Rick

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