If You are Arrested or Accused of a Crime

Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your own attorney. Do not talk to the police.

Tips for the Accused

  • Stay calm
  • Don’t talk to the police or other law enforcement
  • Don’t talk to special agents
  • Don’t talk to people in jail
  • Don’t talk to anyone else
  • Call for an appointment – 415-957-1717
  • Don't send any e-mails or text messages
  • Read “That 3:00 a.m. Phone Call”.

The police are building a case against you. They want to put you behind bars. As the well-known Miranda warning says, anything you say can be used against you. Often it will be twisted to be used against you. The cops are professionals and you are an amateur. You will generally get yourself in more trouble if you try to tell them your side of the story.

The first thing you should do is tell each police officer who asks you any questions that you want to remain silent and you want an attorney now.

You are entitled to make one call; make it to an attorney. Call me at 415-957-1717.

Next, be aware that anyone locked in a cell with you may see you as an easy mark; he will try to get a better deal for himself by telling the police what you told him. . . or indeed, whatever story he might make up about what you told him. You should say nothing more than, “I’m not talking to anyone until I get out of here.”

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