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Tips when Being Arrested

Tips when Being Arrested

When it comes to being arrested, different people react in different ways. Some react in a way that is understandable given their predicament but nonetheless can be detrimental to their case. While no one really plans on getting arrested (at least anyone of a sound mind), there are a few things you should know in case you ever do. The general rule of thumb to follow when arrested is to do as you are told but there are also a few things you should never do… Don’t Proclaim your Innocence – An officer only needs probable cause to arrest you so trying to convince him or her of your innocence is typically useless and a waste of energy. Remember that anything you say can be used against you. Don’t Run – Sounds obvious but sometimes people – whether guilty or innocent – get in a panic and run. Not only are the chances of you getting away slim to none, you may also risk needless injury during the arrest since officers may presume you are armed. In addition, you may face additional charges for running and trying to evade officers. Don’t Run Your Mouth – Keep your mouth shut – suspects who are very talkative usually divulge information that can damage their case. Don’t Resist Arrest – Again, it may sound obvious but even a slight resistance (such as swatting away an officer’s hands) can be construed as resisting arrest and a minor misdemeanor could easily become a more serious felony charge. Don’t Give Permission to Search – If the police ask to search your property, politely decline. This...
Court Cost Increase in NC

Court Cost Increase in NC

Well, they have done it again. Court costs have now increased to $170 for infraction cases, and 172 for criminal cases. The state gave no notice of this. The clerk of court was told on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 to increase the court costs by this dramatic amount effective Friday, July 1, 2011. Several other chages also came about as a result of this midnight hour bill. I will go into more of those in future posts. There are several problems with these new changes, many of an “unconstitutional” nature. But, that is what seems to happen when there are very few lawyers in the legislature, the lawmaking body. They pass laws without having the knowledge to realize the laws they pass are illegal. Make...