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Initial contact non-custodial

Continuing our discussion of the initial contact non-custodial (i.e., not under arrest) interrogation, let’s look at some of the tactics you might be facing. There is a lot of truth to the good cop/bad cop maxim. Sometimes this can be the same person. Often a person will be presented a situation in which the detective

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Can words be used against you?

Let’s continue the discussion of how not to have your words used against you. You have been approached by some law enforcement agent regarding an offense. It is unclear to you whether you are being targeted for prosecution or are being approached as a material witness. You quickly decide that not talking at this time

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Is “Miranda” Necessary

Following up on last week’s initial contact post, let’s look a little deeper into that encounter. Many people wrongfully believe that a person must receive the well known “Miranda” warning when they are questioned by law enforcement agents or police. While this can get far more technical than I intend in this post, let me

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Federal Criminal Defense

Federal criminal defense is different than state court criminal defense in many ways. It is more formal from a procedural perspective and it is more complicated both in the prosecution and, if necessary, the sentencing. Your lawyer cannot simply “wing it” in Federal court. The stakes are too high and the system will reveal the

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Initial Contact With Law Enforcement

Today, let me discuss the initial, or first, contact with law enforcement. If the FBI, DEA, Secret Service or Homeland Security come to talk to you about something you may have done, beware. First, remember this is not a social visit no matter how friendly or cordial the agents may be. They are there for

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