Have you ever been arrested? Some people have, some people have not. If you’re not overly familiar with what happens once you’re arrested and the way that the law works, you may be susceptible to falling for tricks that law enforcement members tend to use on people once they are taken in. You may not even realize that your rights allow you to be silent and that you may be in over your head when it comes to speaking on the phone.
That’s right, anything you say over the phone at a station or at the jail is likely monitored and even recorded. Want to find out more about this topic so you’re ready if it ever happens to you? Maybe it’s already happened to you before. Read on to find out more and what to do when YOU are in this situation.
Your phone calls are not private– especially when you’re making them in a state or federal facility. Those are their phones, those are their lines, and you better believe that just stepping off to the side and using the telephone does not mean that you’re good to go and can gab about anything that you want. Penitentiaries even use phone monitoring computer apps that will actually record every conversation had on the lines. Some systems alert inmates to this fact, but you can generally assume that if you are in jail then your calls may be monitored or recorded and gone through later.
As you can imagine, this would land someone who didn’t know this fact in quite a bit of trouble if what they said had any bearing on their case or sentencing. Everything you talk about on the phone is handed over to the law enforcement agencies or prosecutor in charge of your case. They can even tap into your conversations whenever they like in the hopes of hearing something in your conversation that they can use against you.
It can be normal to be flustered or upset when you’re arrested. People report not thinking straight or feeling flustered and out of control when they are taken away by the police or in jail, and in their state they may not be able to remember that they are in a precarious situation where calls could be recorded. They may even say things that they would not normally. If you are already in this situation, it’s time to lawyer up and seek the counsel of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
Your lawyer will counsel you not to discuss information or topics pertaining to your case over the phone or with anyone unless in their presence, but if it’s already gone past that, it’s time to seek damage control. Attorneys also have the one unbreakable privilege with their clients, which is attorney-client privilege. They are the ONLY person you can speak to about this matter without landing in a heap of trouble or having the worry that you will regret your consultation and free conversation later.
The end advice is to listen and never speak over the phone and never discuss your case. Seek the aid of an experienced lawyer that can represent you. The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas have a great team waiting to represent you. Talk to them today!