Yesterday I posted THIS, a story about a Patriot who’s home was searched without a warrant by federal agents after they intimidated his wife and family.
I’ve got a few words of advice for y’all.
First off, never ever let any LEO or feds into your home. By doing so, they have implied consent to search, if for no other reason than ‘for their own safety’. Do not step out on your porch to talk with them – they can then arrest you for whatever trumped up charge they want.
If they want to interview or ‘chat’ with you, go ahead – but do it on your terms. Do NOT go to the station or their office to do it. Agree to the interview but stipulate that it will be done in your attorney’s office with him/her and a recording device present. At that point, contact your attorney and tell him/her what just happened.
If they agree to the interview on your terms, consult with the attorney before answering any questions. Do not run your mouth. Look to your attorney for approval as each question is asked. Listen to your attorney – unless you’ve been to law school, you’re way out of your league. Let the smart one in the room make the decisions as to what questions should be answered and how.
If the LEO or agents do not agree to your terms, that’s on them. You attempted to cooperate, it was their decision at that point to not interview you.
Yes, an attorney is going to cost you money but ask yourself this – Would I rather be out maybe 500 bucks or 25 years? That’s a no-brainer to me.
How do you find an attorney that’s schooled in the Constitution and more importantly, shares your views on short notice?
You don’t. You line one up now.
After I did that post yesterday, I contacted an attorney via email that I have used before and trust and asked her for a recommendation. I told her what I was about, gave her the link to this blog, told her why I felt I might need such an attorney in the future and asked if she knew one that would be willing to help me should the need arise. Within 30 minutes I had a name, location and the fact that he gives a free consultation. So guess who I’m calling Tuesday so I can set up an appointment?
Uh-huh. I ain’t real stupid, ya know. I’ll be walking out of his office knowing my ass is covered and with a handful of his business cards to give out to Miss Lisa, a couple of friends and my mother so they know who to contact in case I should get locked up for any Patriot activities.
I would suggest that you do the same.
And this was submitted as a comment by an attorney. I’m posting here as well as the comments so that it will be more visible.
Let me add my two cents. I am an attorney and have had some dealings with the feds. Do not talk with them under any circumstances without talking with an attorney first. I would not even give a federal agent directions to the end of my driveway if he/she was standing in it.
You can be charged with a federal crime simply by a federal agent saying you said x when you said y. Think about that for a moment.
They do not have to have you under oath, recorded or otherwise verify what you allegedly said. If the jury believes the agent over you (and they usually do) and you are convicted the punishments are draconian. I advise my clients to never talk with the feds ever ever ever ever (usually unless there is an immunity deal in place). No good can ever come from an individual dealing directly with a federal agent without the representation of an attorney. Sometimes it’s bad even with legal advice (see Martha Stewart and her dumb ass attorneys letting her talk to the feds without blanket immunity).
If the feds show up assert the 5th assert the 5th assert the 5th assert the 5th etc until they go away then hire an attorney to deal with them.