As I've said before, my primary advice to clients, prospective clients, and people at cocktail parties is to just. shut. up. This is intended as advice for people facing interactions with law enforcement, but it's actually, in my experience, useful advice in nearly every situation (as Brian's last post below demonstrates).
However, even people who practice criminal law for a living sometime need reminding. Hence this cautionary tale at Western Justice:
….normally, people mitigate their offense and cop to a lesser crime ("Oh, it's not that much marijuana"). This DA was not so smart. He told the officer (obviously not verbatim), "Oh, um, the marijuana? Ha ha . . . . eh . . . it's not mine!!! Yeah, that's it, it's not mine! It's for my wife. She's sick, and I'm bringing it home to her."
The poor fellow just copped to a higher charge–distribution of marijuana, a felony.
Really, just shut up. Oh, why won't you shut up?
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