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What NOT to do - When Federal Agents Come Knocking A Treatise Carl F.

Worden This treatise is in no way meant as a criticism of Larken Rose or his legal position on the Tax Code. But it is an excellent example of why a citizen of today should not cooperate in any way with law enforcement officers of any kind, and in particular, with federal agents. It doesn't matter if they are asking for your help as a possible witness or just for information -- or they consider you a suspect of some kind. Because so many people try to talk their way out of an initial law enforcement contact situation, they go to prison. Most cops will admit that 70% of the people in prison today wouldn't be there if they'd just kept their mouths shut. Best example: Martha Stewart. Stewart was not convicted of stock trading fraud; she was convicted of lying to a federal investigator -- which is a federal crime.

How do you avoid such a charge? Don't talk to a federal investigator of any kind, for any reason, ever, on or off the record. It's always on the record. Worden's Rule 1: Stick your tongue between your teeth and bite down until the blood flows. Do not admit to anything. Especially, do not deny anything. Remain mute, no matter how long they try to drag the interview out. Even if an attorney representing you is present, say nothing unless in the privacy of his/her office.

They will show you evidence that you did something. You will be tempted beyond most human ability to resist to explain that evidence away. Don't do it. Don't agree to any kind of test, be it polygraph, blood test or even taking your fingerprints unless they force it upon you, but through it all, remain silent.

They will tell you somebody said something incriminating about you, or that you were somewhere or that they said you were doing something or did something. Remain silent. Do not admit to or deny anything. If they ask you how you're feeling, say nothing. If they ask you if it's raining and you know it is coming down like Noah's Flood, say nothing.

Worden's Rule 2: Force the law enforcement agents to work only with the

you shorten the time they have to build a stronger case against you. which makes it much more difficult for a prosecutor to prepare the case they have against you. Don't do it. especially a cellmate in jail.if that is necessary or wise at all. Prosecutors and investigators use the time you are waiting for trial to develop more evidence against you. a lot of the "liar" evidence used to convict him would never have been made available to the prosecution and the jury. he allowed interviews with reporters that were later used to paint him a liar. they cannot try you again for the same crime. By demanding your constitutional right to a speedy trial. and especially during telephone conversations. Worden's Rule 4: Never allow your attorney or yourself to waive your right to a speedy trial. the only time it counts for you to offer an explanation is in front of the judge or jury hearing your case -and in most cases like that. Never speak to anyone. people to talk to. Stay absolutely silent no matter how guilty they will say it makes you look. and that additional input often is what lands the suspect in prison. places to look. Remain absolutely silent on the matter. Wordens Rule 3: If you are charged with a crime. That way. Do not allow your attorney or yourself to provide them with any defense you plan to use if you are charged with a crime unless and until you are in court and testifying to a jury -. Law enforcement agents will tell you they are only trying to eliminate you as a suspect.evidence they have. it is still better you don't testify at all because when you do you can be cross-examined by the prosecution. If they proceed with prosecuting you with the shoddy evidence they have and you are acquitted. no matter how guilty it might have made him look. everything they say gives the law enforcement agent places to go.. When they do talk. guilty or not. You will be tempted to help them. even if you walk out of the courthouse after an acquittal and admit to the press you did it! Look at what happened to Scott Peterson. Getting back . Not only did he talk to the Modesto cops. about your case and how innocent or guilty you are. You reduce the time a witness might be identified or located to testify against you. Law enforcement officers largely depend on suspects to try to talk their way out of a situation so they don't have to spend time in jail. etc. they have to guess what defense you plan to use. Had Peterson remained absolutely silent.

Get it? . They enacted and enforce that law. For that reason and that reason alone. They can't charge you with lying to them if you haven't spoken to them. ever. don't talk to a federal the feds: The federal government made it a crime to merely lie to a federal investigator. about anything. ever. so it is best for every citizen not to speak to a federal investigator about anything.