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Bad Costume Idea, Good Traffic Stop Idea | Utah Defense Attorney Tip of the Week

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What Doesn’t Work: Going to court in your Halloween costume…especially if it’s your heavy-duty orange jumpsuit with your favorite six-digit number on back. Even though your girlfriend thinks you look hot in bright colored onesies, it may put thoughts in the judge’s mind that you don’t want him to have.

What Works: When dealing with police, be nice but not naïve. Often, you are pulled over by police for a traffic stop just to look for any evidence of more serious crimes. When interacting with police, remember that what you say can, and will be used against you. Even simple questions by the police can be designed to trap you. For example, when an officer asks you if you know how fast you were going, if you say “yes,” and then say any number after the speed limit, then that will be used to show you knew you were speeding.  If you say “no,” then your statement will be used against you to show you had no idea how fast you were going. Then the judge has no choice but to accept the officer’s statement as truth.

Spontaneous Sicknesses | Utah Criminal Attorney Tip of the Week

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What Doesn’t Work: Faking a seizure or saying you have a contagious rash to distract officers from the green leafy substance in the baggy, and then when they find it, claiming it’s just your herbal flu medication.

What Works: If the police come to your door and ask to come in, politely say you’ve always been told never to let officers into your house unless you are in danger. They may tell you that they can just get a warrant. Again say no thank you. If you give consent to enter your home, officers may find illegal things you don’t even know are there, and evidence of crimes you don’t even know exist. And even if you invited them, you may still want to talk with them outside on the porch.