Medlin Law Firm December 2018

3 COMMON PITFALLS DURING AN ARREST

Avoid Hurting Your Own Case

If the police pull you over or show up on your doorstep, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, it’s important to remain calm in these instances, as your interactions with law enforcement can have a deep impact on your future. In our firm’s long history of criminal defense, we’ve seen a few simple mistakes made by people during their arrests that irrevocably harmed their cases. Here’s what you need to avoid. Self Incrimination This is a mistake some individuals make before they are even placed under arrest. Dealing with police can be intimidating, and it’s tempting to take the blame for a situation regardless of your actual guilt. However, these words spoken in the heat of the moment can and will be used as evidence against you in the court of law and are difficult for even the most experienced lawyers to dismiss. Answering Questions Sometimes officers can lead you to incriminate yourself without you knowing it. After being pulled over, you might be asked, “Howmany drinks have you had tonight?” Notice that they never ask for the time frame of when you had your drinks. Answering these and other cleverlyworded questions is an easyway to stack the deck against you in court. It’s best to exercise your Fifth Amendment rights until you speak to your legal representative.

Believing Law Enforcement A common myth in popular culture is that police officers have to remain truthful at all times. This is false. In fact, investigators will frequently misrepresent the truth to the accused in order to draw out incriminating evidence or even a confession. A common tactic we’ve seen is officers informing the accused that they already have all the evidence they need for a conviction and that they may as well come out and admit they’re guilty. These shady tactics aim to take advantage of individuals who don’t know their constitutional rights. Do not fall for them. If you or a loved one reaches out to us after an arrest, we will do everything in our power to help. Our firm has a combined 56 years of experience in criminal cases, and we will be your dedicated advocates. But the first step in securing your future starts with you. Avoiding these pitfalls with law enforcement is something you can personally do to aid your case.

Holiday Roast PRIME RIB

Brain Buster

Ingredients

1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds)

8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 cups red wine

4 cups beef stock

Inspired by Food Network

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.

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