Not a good move: Listening to everyone, but your lawyer

Generally, people who are charged with a crime are concerned and want to know what is going on at all times.  The problem arises when a defendant chooses to talk to people who aren’t his or her lawyer to try to get advice.  Meanwhile the best thing to do is not to talk about your case with anyone, except your lawyer. 

 One of the major reasons why you don’t walk to talk to anyone other than your lawyer is anything you say can be used against you.  The last thing that you want to do is to have the district attorney summons a cell mate, girl friend, or relative to testify against you.  Essentially, what you say about a crime can be considered as an admission and can be used against you in the court of law.  On the other hand, if you talk to your attorney about the case the communication is privileged. 

Another reason why you don’t want to talk to others to try to get advice is because of the advice you will be getting.  Every case is different and there are many factors that go into determining the ultimate outcome of a case.  Just because your neighbor or mom told you that a certain outcome happened to another person charged with the same offense, doesn’t mean anything.  There is no guarantee that the same things will happen in your case.  The last thing you want to do is to listen to bad advice. 

 Obviously, the last thing you want to do is to talk to the police and listen to their advice.  Yes, police are very good listeners, but it won’t help you.  You don’t want to put yourself in a bad situation, so if you are charged with a crime, don’t try to get advice from the police. 

 Be smart, you need to make sure you talk to a lawyer as early as possible.  Don’t talk to anyone about your case.  You also don’t want to listen to anyone’s advice, especially those of others in jail.  Remember if your cell mate had such great advice, he wouldn’t be sharing a room with you. 

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