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Allison Margolin and J Raza Lawrence: Know Your Rights (Hustler Magazine Article, Dec 2013 issue)

Allison Margolin and J Raza Lawrence: Know Your Rights (Hustler Magazine Article, Dec 2013 issue)

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You might not expect the cops to respect your rights. But if you don’t assert them, lawyers and judges may not be able to help you either.

Here are some split-second situations you could easily screw up—and how not to.

IF YOU ARE BEING BEATEN BY COPS

If you are experiencing police brutality, do not resist or fight back. If possible, obtain names of officers and badge numbers. If you are injured by the police, try to obtain witness info, take photographs of yourself as soon as possible and seek medical or psychiatric attention if necessary. The goal is to document the incident for future use. Make sure you research local statutes regarding procedures and deadlines for filing complaints against police officers

YOU’RE IN DEEP SHIT AND NEED TO TALK

Tell your lawyer only details that you could testify to truthfully. If you tell your lawyer details that show your guilt, that lawyer cannot present any other witnesses or documents contradicting the incriminating information. So if you plan to go to trial with that same lawyer, have a conversation with him or her about whether you should go into “unpleasant” things. Do not talk to your mom, dad, girlfriend, boyfriend or anyone other than your spouse. They can be subpoenaed as witnesses. Conversations with your lawyer, spouse, doctor, therapist or clergy member may be privileged, but local laws differ. Do not post information online, send text messages or emails or discuss anything over the phone that could be used to incriminate you. We now know that the government routinely monitors everyone’s communications through secret surveillance programs. Old-fashioned, in-person conversations remain the best way to preserve your privacy when dealing with sensitive information. Many people now behind bars would be free if they had thought twice before sending that email.

(From the Hustler Magazine December 2013 issue in an article titled "Know Your Rights" by experienced Beverly Hills, California criminal defense and civil attorneys Allison Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence who are both graduates of Harvard Law School and are partners in the city of Beverly Hills, California Wilshire Blvd. located Law Offices of Margolin & Lawrence (http://lasdopestattorney.com/) located on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and LaCienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills, California.)
You might not expect the cops to respect your rights. But if you don’t assert them, lawyers and judges may not be able to help you either.

Here are some split-second situations you could easily screw up—and how not to.

IF YOU ARE BEING BEATEN BY COPS

If you are experiencing police brutality, do not resist or fight back. If possible, obtain names of officers and badge numbers. If you are injured by the police, try to obtain witness info, take photographs of yourself as soon as possible and seek medical or psychiatric attention if necessary. The goal is to document the incident for future use. Make sure you research local statutes regarding procedures and deadlines for filing complaints against police officers

YOU’RE IN DEEP SHIT AND NEED TO TALK

Tell your lawyer only details that you could testify to truthfully. If you tell your lawyer details that show your guilt, that lawyer cannot present any other witnesses or documents contradicting the incriminating information. So if you plan to go to trial with that same lawyer, have a conversation with him or her about whether you should go into “unpleasant” things. Do not talk to your mom, dad, girlfriend, boyfriend or anyone other than your spouse. They can be subpoenaed as witnesses. Conversations with your lawyer, spouse, doctor, therapist or clergy member may be privileged, but local laws differ. Do not post information online, send text messages or emails or discuss anything over the phone that could be used to incriminate you. We now know that the government routinely monitors everyone’s communications through secret surveillance programs. Old-fashioned, in-person conversations remain the best way to preserve your privacy when dealing with sensitive information. Many people now behind bars would be free if they had thought twice before sending that email.

(From the Hustler Magazine December 2013 issue in an article titled "Know Your Rights" by experienced Beverly Hills, California criminal defense and civil attorneys Allison Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence who are both graduates of Harvard Law School and are partners in the city of Beverly Hills, California Wilshire Blvd. located Law Offices of Margolin & Lawrence (http://lasdopestattorney.com/) located on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and LaCienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills, California.)

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