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Avoiding Self-Incrimination After a Drug or Alcohol Arrest

Avoiding Self-Incrimination After a Drug or Alcohol Arrest

After you have been arrested on drug or alcohol-related charges, you must take care to avoid self-incrimination. Ideally you should talk to a lawyer about your rights as soon as possible after arrest. In reality, it may be days or weeks until you can secure representation. In the meantime, here are some tips. Oversharing Is Bad for Your Case When all your friends and family communicate using social media, your first instinct may be to post about your arrest or message everyone for advice. Avoid doing this at all costs. The prosecutor can and often will find out about your social media...

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Do You Have to Answer a Police Officer’s Questions?

Do You Have to Answer a Police Officer’s Questions?

When you get pulled over at a traffic stop or brought in to the police station, the police officers will ask you a variety of questions. You do not have to answer any of these questions if you decide not to do so. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you. What Is the Fifth Amendment? The Fifth Amendment states that no one “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself … without due process of law”. This means that police officers cannot force you to answer questions, because you might incriminate yourself by answering. The...

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In the Military and Get a DUI? What You Can Expect

In the Military and Get a DUI? What You Can Expect

If you are in the military and get a DUI, you must find out what to expect next. DUI charges or a conviction can have a huge impact on your future in the military and on your life in general. Here is what you need to know. Your Commanding Officer Will Find Out If you have any illusion that your commanding officer will not find out about your arrest, forget it now. He or she will find out and order you back to base. Whether your fellow soldiers tell all or the police call the base, word will get back to the...

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