Being arrested can be a very traumatic experience, particularly when you don’t understand your rights. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they are arrested is trying to talk their way out of being taken into custody. Many people go right into their stories about what happened, trying to explain that they were in the wrong place at the right time or that the entire situation was all a misunderstanding.
Keep mum until your attorney arrives.
If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, the best thing that you can do is remain silent about what happened. Inform the arresting officer that you would like to make a phone call as soon as possible so that you can speak to an attorney, who will help you prepare for court.
Know your rights!
Once a suspect is in police custody and about to be questioned, the Miranda rights are read. The Supreme Court requires that suspects are informed about their right to silence, their right to a lawyer, including a public defender, their right to wave their Miranda rights and that anything that they say to their investigators under questioning following their detention can be used in court.
Stay alert when you speak!
Anything that you say to a police officer or investigator prior to being taken into custody and read the Miranda rights can be used in a court of law, including anything that you say to an officer without being prompted first. This includes interviews in which a person is free to leave the premises and converses at the alleged crime scene. Police officers do not have to read the Miranda rights to request basic identification.
Your Miranda rights continue to protect you even if you waive them following an arrest. You have the right to stop answering questions and request a lawyer at any point during an interrogation.
White collar crimes aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood. Fraud, insider dealing, cyber-crimes including hacking and copyright theft all fall under this banner. All such crimes are increasingly common misdemeanors. Although by definition these crimes rarely cause direct violence to others but the culprits can expect severe punishment within the law. That can sometimes even result in jail terms.
Even though you’re unlikely to cause harm to others, bail can be set very high. So it’s important to make sure that you can cover this financially, especially as fines. In addition, even compensation to victims is likely to be a mandatory component of any sentencing.
Once you or a loved one are arrested, it’s likely to take a while to process through the system. It is going to take time to be completed with fingerprinting and other essential paperwork.
However, a bail bondsman will most likely work a 24 hour service. And once this is processed, he or she will be able to secure the release in a timely manner. The going rate for a bondsman for white collar crimes throughout California is 10%. This should be viewed as both a fee and investment. Having time to process a proper defense is essential. A seasoned white collar bondsman will enable you to finance getting a loved one out of jail between arrest and possible sentencing.
It’s worth viewing the bondsman as your ally. Such white collar crimes that can potentially involve others too are almost impossible to defend properly from behind bars. But, no matter how bad the sentence may fall an experienced white collar bail bondsman will buy you time to make your case.
President Obama has signed 23 executive actions related to prevention of further gun-related violence into law. This, obviously, was in response to the Newtown Conn. massacre of twenty children and their teachers on December 14, 2012. However, more is to be done and additional gun control proposals have been outlined by the President to be acted upon by Congress. These include: the elimination of loopholes and required background checks for all gun sales, the prohibition on high-capacity magazines to be reinstated as well as the renewal and strengthening of the ban on assault weapons.
Word on the Hill is that the Democrat from California, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will formally roll out gun legislation in segments over the next several months. This will include the most hotly debated and seemingly divisive issue of the ban on assault weapons and the limiting of ammunition clips to 10 rounds. Also it is anticipated that Feinstein will bring forward a package that will look at creating a system of background checks that will be applied consistently for all firearm sales in retail stores, gun shows and private exchanges.
There is no doubt, based on the debate thus far, that this is a contentious issue along party lines. However, it has become clear that the Democratic Party may not be as united a front in support of Obama’s proposed legislation as first thought. Especially those democrats who are up for re-election in 2014 in gun friendly states. Those folks are weighing their options, wondering if a vote for gun control is an invitation to lose their congressional seat.
Most surprising among those weighing options is the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada. Reid has always been a supporter, both strategically and substantively, of Obama’s programs. And yet, with this issue he has diverged from his party. He went as far as to say that such legislation may well be “futile.”
At this most important time in our history the Democratic Party has an obligation to protect the interest of the greater good over the job security of a few. Perhaps, if our government leaders could embrace the philosophy and way of being of those teachers that sacrificed their lives in Newtown to save their students, the right choice would be self-evident to them as it seems to be to the majority of Americans.