\Ok, you have just been arrested or facing a criminal investigation.
What should you do? Be quiet and Stop Snitchin' on Yourself!
And what I mean is, you may have the best intentions in the world. However, when talking to an investigator or prosecutor you need to realize that you are likely the person of interest. For this reason, as you have heard on TV shows, "anything [said] can and will be used against [the defendant] in a court of law". That's right, your words will be used against you!
I am unsure how long the First 48 has been in production. But let's be frank, it's been out for a while now. A local Houston artist even put out a popular song with the same title as the well-known TV show. Yet, people still don't get it.
The resounding theme I captured from the First 48 is that the people who get charged with the crime snitch . . on themselves!
Listen up, if the investigation requires your assistance - that means there is not enough information. What I have seen first hand is that once the investigation begins to target someone, that someone becomes The One!
And when I say "The One" I mean it in the worst way. Your participation in the investigation is followed by being handcuffed and carted off to the nearest jail for processing.
Now here is the issue. A large portion of the good Samaritans who come forward are really just trying to help and may have little, if anything, to do with the crime. That doesn't matter. Your ass is likely headed downtown for questioning and processing.
Oh, and once they ask you to do the lie detector, forget it. A lie detector is used to see if someone is telling the truth. If they think you're telling the truth, guess what, there would be no need for the lie detector.
Let me get straight to the point. If you are investigated or charged with a crime:
(1) be quiet;
(2) hire an attorney [the money you pay for an attorney can possibly save you days, months, or years in jail], this is not a time to be cheap;
(3) continue to be quiet;
(4) fight the hell out of your case;
(5) did I mention "be quiet"
Here are four magical words that can significantly impact your life when being investigated for a crime. Commit these words to memory: I WANT A LAWYER.
If you find yourself being questioned, limit your responses to something along the lines of : All do respect officer, at this point I WANT A LAWYER.
Most people have no clue of what the real criminal justice system is like. For this reason, Defendants often run their mouths thinking that what they say might help them. Generally, your words will not help you.
You have the right to remain silent, use that right. Please people, stop snitchin' . . . on yourself.
By: DaSean A. Jones -- .tel:8322246740