Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Encounters

Stay Out of Jail: The Importance of Preventing Arrest

Learn why it’s better to avoid being arrested and how to stay out of jail with these helpful tips and advice.

Getting arrested is a stressful and life-changing experience. It can result in legal fees, lost employment opportunities, and even a permanent criminal record. That’s why it’s crucial to take proactive steps to avoid being arrested in the first place.

By staying out of jail, you can avoid the negative consequences of an arrest. Here are some tips and strategies for preventing an arrest:

  1. Know your rights: Understanding your constitutional rights can help you avoid situations that could lead to an arrest. For instance, if you’re pulled over by the police, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

  2. Stay calm and respectful: If you’re approached by law enforcement, staying calm and respectful can help prevent a tense situation from escalating. Avoid being confrontational or argumentative, and follow any instructions given by the officer.

  3. Avoid suspicious behavior: Engaging in suspicious behavior such as loitering, trespassing, or carrying illegal substances can increase the likelihood of being arrested. Be mindful of your actions and avoid anything that could be perceived as suspicious.

  4. Have a plan: If you’re going out for the night, have a plan in place to ensure you make it home safely. This may include arranging for a designated driver, using ride-sharing services, or taking public transportation.

Remember, it’s better to stay out of jail than to try to get out of jail. By taking steps to prevent an arrest, you can protect yourself from the negative consequences of a criminal record and maintain your freedom.

As an attorney, I strongly advise against speaking with law enforcement officers during encounters. There have been numerous cases of crooked law enforcement officials falsifying evidence, planting drugs or other incriminating items on individuals, and arresting them without just cause. In one particularly egregious case, a Florida sheriff’s deputy stopped and planted evidence on over 120 people or in their vehicles in his quest for a promotion.

If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer and asked to consent to a search of your vehicle or personal belongings, it is important to remember that you have the right to refuse and require the officer to obtain a search warrant. In fact, it is advisable to always refuse consent and demand a warrant, as it may prevent you from experiencing years of legal troubles, embarrassment, and financial burdens.

Furthermore, even if the law enforcement officers involved in a particular incident are honest, there are often others in the criminal justice system who are not. It is impossible to distinguish the good ones from the bad ones, which is why it is best to avoid involvement in the criminal justice system altogether or, at the very least, require law enforcement officers to abide by the constitutional rules of engagement.

In summary, refusing to speak with law enforcement officers during encounters and demanding a warrant before consenting to searches can protect you from potential injustices and safeguard your rights.

The following is a Fox 26 newscast about a POS Florida sheriff’s deputy who planted drugs on and arrested 120 people (that they know of) during traffic stops because he wanted to be promoted . . . to an elite drug task force that paid more money and, most importantly, where he would not have to wear a uniform (I wish I were joking).

I am sure most, if not all, of these people gave him permission to search their cars and personal belongings because they knew they had nothing to hide. Why would they not give him permission? How do you think they felt when this POS arrested and handcuffed them on the side of the road for possession of drugs?

And if you think these are just two isolated incidents, you are sorely mistaken.

I agree 100% with the newsman’s colorful characterization of this POS. He refers to him as “this talking turd” at 0:40 in the video. I could not say it better, and I have tried.

Watch the video to the end, or jump to 5:20, where the ex-Texas judge says, “What is heartbreaking is we do not know how many Americans are incarcerated for this where the cops got away with it (i.e., dirty cops getting away with planting evidence during traffic stops).” Let that soak in.

If you want to see thousands of cases like the ones shown above, search the internet for the keywords and phrases I provide below. It will blow your mind and forever change how you interact with LEOs.

No one is nobler than a good cop, and no one is a bigger “talking turd” and “POS” than a bad cop. Here is the problem, you cannot tell them apart until it is too late.

My son is an ex-LEO. Working with the talking turds and POS LEOs made him quit after almost a decade in the profession like it has so many other good cops nationwide. There is currently a mass exodus of good cops. So, what type of cops does that leave on the streets?

That is why you shut up and lawyer up if necessary when dealing with LEOs.

If you do not remember anything else from this website, remember this: “No one ever got into trouble for what they did not say!

Write down the above “axiom” and put it in your wallet, purse, glove box, etc. Tattoo it on your arm. It can save your life, liberty, and property. If everybody used this one “weird trick” (shut up when interacting with LEOs), it would reduce the number of criminal prosecutions, convictions, and criminal defense legal fees by at least 50%.

The only information you are required to give an LEO during an encounter is your 1) name, 2) home address, and 3) date of birth. You are going to get tired of me repeating this. I want to embed these three things and the law that applies to them into your mind.

If it is a traffic stop and you are driving, you must give them your driver’s license, proof of insurance, registration, and, if applicable, your license-to-carry (LTC). If you have an LTC, you must tell them whether you have a gun. If you have a passenger, they are not required to give the LEO anything, including the time of day. They can literally get out of the car and walk away. Unfortunately, most LEOs do not know this is the law or do not abide by it. So if you are a passenger, go ahead and give the LEO your name, home address, and date of birth, and then shut up.

How to interact with LEOs.

When an officer stops or approaches you, assume you are a suspect and assume they are looking for evidence of a crime to arrest you for because they are. They are on fishing expeditions, and the more casts (traffic stops) they make each day, the higher the probability of catching the “big one.” It is a numbers game, and you are just another number. They hope you become another notch on their belt.

As a general rule, when an officer stops you, do the following:

•   Politely ask, “Why did you stop me?” Do not argue with or respond to whatever they say; just listen.

•   If it is a traffic stop, keep quiet and give them your 1) proof of insurance, 2) vehicle registration, 3) driver’s license, and 4) license-to-carry (LTC) if you have one. You must tell them if you have a gun if you have an LTC. If they give you a ticket, sign it, accept it, and ask if you can leave (it is not a confession, you can fight the ticket later).

•   If they ask any questions and/or for permission to search you or your vehicle, politely refuse to grant them permission to search anything and say, “I am not giving permission to search anything, nor am I answering any questions.” Keep saying this if they keep asking questions or for permission to search you or your vehicle or belongings.

You are not required by law to talk to them other than giving them the above documents and your name, home address, and date of birth.

In many cases, they will try to intimidate or finesse you into talking to them. This is an old used car salesman trick. Get them talking, and maybe they will say something you can use. Do not fall for it. Politely but firmly stand your ground and maintain your silence. It may feel awkward, but not nearly as awkward as being arrested on the side of the road and taken to jail. Just ask any of the 120 people on whom the Florida talking turd planted evidence and then arrested.

Do not fall for the “Well, if you don’t have anything to hide, why want you let me search your vehicle?” That is their all-time go-to ploy to intimidate or shame you into letting them rummage through your personnel belongings. Say NO to their requests for permission to search your stuff, and then shut up. Repeat that as many times as required to shut them down.

•   At an appropriate point, ask them, “Am I being detained, or am I free to leave?” Keep asking this until you get a definitive answer or response. Keep quiet. Be polite but firm. Do not argue with them. Remember, you are also on the voice/video recording, yours and theirs (see the Recordings can Save You section below).

•   If they say you are being detained and cannot leave, or you are being arrested, immediately say, “I am exercising my Fifth Amendment rights and want an attorney” (this must be said to be legally effective).

•   Then shut up no matter what they do next! Nothing you say is going to help. It can only hurt you. Do not let them fool you. They will tell you things like if only you answer a few questions, they will let you go, and everything will be okay. If you talk to them, what you say will likely become the State’s key evidence against you in your prosecution.

Remember, your Miranda rights only kick in and protect you after you have been arrested or after you have been detained for a custodial interrogation (i.e., you cannot voluntarily leave). They do not apply to anything you freely say before that point or afterward. Therefore, if you decide to run your head on the side of the road for whatever reason, every word you say can and will be used against you. Many people have watched way too many TV crime shows and legal thrillers and think they are lawyers or LEOs. These are the easiest for the LEOs to trip up because they do not know what they are doing but think they do (see Dunning–Kruger effect).

If you shut up, nothing can be used against you in terms of incriminating statements. That is why you shut up from start to finish. Name, home address, date of birth, and then shut up (I will repeat this several times).

Never give an LEO permission to search anything.

Never give an LEO permission to search anything, including your house, vehicles, boats, RVs, etc. Make them get a search warrant, which, as noted, they seldom will do because most of the time they are on a fishing expedition and stopped you because you are just another cast they are making during their fishing trip that day in hopes of landing “the big one.” As shown in the above video, some of these “fishermen” will cheat.

How do you tell which LEOs will plant evidence and frame you like the talking turd POS Sheriff’s deputy in Florida? You cannot. I cannot. Nobody can. That is why you shut up and lawyer up if necessary.

Comply with all lawful orders given by an LEO during the encounter.

Regardless of whether you did anything wrong or not, and no matter how big of an ass the LEO is, you must comply with their lawful commands (e.g., get out of the vehicle, where to stand, put your hands behind your back, etc.). If you do not, you could be charged with resisting.

However, you do not have to comply with their requests to grant them permission to search your car, phone, pockets, purse, luggage, trailer, boat, personal belongings, etc. They can pat you down for weapons, but they cannot search anything without your consent, which you never give. Make them get search warrants, which they seldom will do because, as noted, they are just on a fishing expedition, which will take too much time and is too much trouble.

But no matter what, shut up and, if necessary, lawyer up. Do not chit-chat with them or answer their questions. They have a reason for asking them, no matter how innocuous and innocent they sound. Nothing good can come from talking to an LEO.

Assume you are a suspect when stopped or approached by an LEO because you are.

Any time an LEO stops you, your assumption must be you are a suspect, no matter how friendly the LEO acts or what they say. This applies whether they are a drop-dead gorgeous woman or a towering hunk of a man with a face and body like Adonis. They are still a cop, possibly a great cop, and maybe the world’s worst cop, and you cannot tell, and neither can I.

They stopped you for a reason, either to give you a ticket or, more likely, to use the stop as a pretext to get you to give them permission to search you and your vehicle for contraband and illegal substances and also to see if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. When they stop you, they want to ticket or arrest you for something 99% of the time. They are not really worried about the tag light that is out.

And yes, regardless of what they say, law enforcement agencies have unwritten, unofficial quotas or informal competitions regarding who gives the most tickets and makes the most arrests and biggest busts. Everybody who works there knows it.

Most officers will deny it publicly, but make no mistake; everybody in the agency knows who has had the most and biggest busts. It gives them bragging rights, and, as noted in the above video about the talking turd POS Florida Sheriff’s deputy, it often gives them a leg up on promotions.

Most officers, by nature, are very competitive, and they know the primary way to make more and bigger busts is to make more traffic stops during their shift and to convince more unsuspecting citizens to permit them to rummage through their personal belongings in hopes of finding something, anything, for which they can be arrested.

Or, they can do what the talking turd POS Florida sheriff’s deputy did and plant drugs on the people they stop. And if that does not get them, there may be crooked lab techs behind the scenes that will help them out and get the person convicted and ruin their life. This happens all the time nationwide. And if you think this is an isolated case, Google it and see the millions of results.

How do you stop it? By only giving LEOs your name, home address, and date of birth, and then shut up. Do not talk to them. Never provide them with permission to search anything or anywhere. I cannot say this enough, do not make small talk with LEOs. Do not be rude or friendly. Make them get search warrants, which they seldom do because they are fishing.

Civil Forfeiture: How they steal your cash, car, boat, RV, trailer, etc., even if you are found not guilty at trial or even if they drop charges.

Click Civil forfeiture in Wikipedia for complete details about civil forfeiture and how it works and does not work. Then Google it, and you will be horrified by the injustices and legal thuggery from LEOs and their agencies in terms of stealing innocent people’s property.

For instance, the talking turd POS Florida deputy (see above) who planted drugs on 120 people, his agency kept a large number of the vehicles those innocent people were driving (depending on whether they were paid off or had large loans against them). No one mentioned that in the newscasts or articles, but I assure you they did.

He is how civil forfeiture works in a nutshell. If they accuse you of having drugs, or they plant drugs on you like the talking turd POS Florida sheriff’s deputy did, and you are driving a paid-for $250,000 Mercedes G-Wagon, guess which department gets a new G-Wagon for free? The same goes for cash, boats, planes, RVs, etc.

Suppose you sell your bassboat for $30,000 cash and have it on you when they stop you; they can take the money and keep it because they will allege it must have come from illegal activity. Just having the cash is enough for them to seize it – no drugs or contraband required!

Again, Google civil forfeiture and see the thousands of civil forfeiture horror stories nationwide and LEO’s abuse of it. And here is the best part of civil forfeitures, even if you are found innocent of the crime they charged you with at trial, or even if they drop criminal charges, they can still keep your G-Wagon, yacht, Harley, cash, etc. How?

Because civil forfeiture is a civil proceeding based on the preponderance of evidence standard of proof (the lowest level of proof allowed in Texas courts) and criminal prosecutions are based on the beyond-reasonable doubt standard (the highest level of proof required in Texas courts), you can be found not guilty in criminal court and still found guilty in a civil court on the same charge. Plus, the rules involved in civil proceedings are entirely different from those governing criminal proceedings.

So even if they cannot prove you committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, they can still keep your stuff because they say they can prove you did with a much lower evidence standard. It is terrifying what they can do. You will also see why they are motivated to stop as many vehicles as possible daily. They can make their departments much richer and their bosses much happier by seizing fantastic vehicles and piles of cash. Billions of dollars of assets are seized yearly via civil forfeiture (refer to Wikipedia). 

Are you getting the picture yet?

Recordings can save you.

If stopped, activate your cell phone’s voice or video recorder (to record the audio) and keep it with you during your interaction with the officer. If they ask if you are recording them, do not respond to that question. Instead, ask them Why am I being stopped? Or tell them, I’m sorry, but I am not discussing anything or answering any questions, nor will I give you permission to search anything. Comply with their lawful orders and commands about getting out of the car, where to stand, etc., but make sure you shut up while doing it. Be polite but firm. Stand your ground.

If they ask to look at or search your phone ask them if they have a search warrant. Tell the LEO you do not give them permission to search your phone (keep in mind they have a body cam, so this statement should be recorded for later use by you). If they insist you give them your phone, make sure you have a kill button on it and know how to turn it off quickly. Turn it off and slowly lay it on the ground (tell the LEO that is what you are going to do – do not hand it to the LEO). If you voluntarily hand it directly to them, you could unintentionally waive the requirement that they have a search warrant because they will later testify that you voluntarily gave them your phone to search.

They may get mad, but if it has gone this far, it is going downhill, and you must protect yourself. If you deny them permission to search your phone, and they do it without a warrant, any evidence they get off it will be inadmissible. Be polite, but stand your ground. Make them do their job according to the legal rules of engagement.

In addition, your passengers do not have to identify themselves, nor, by law, do they have to provide their name, home residence, or date of birth. They can technically and legally leave the car and calmly walk away without speaking, even if the officer is talking to them. The officer can ask them questions, and the passenger does not have to answer them, including not giving their name, home address, or date of birth.

Sadly, many officers do not know this is the law. That is why in most cases, the passenger should probably give the officer their name, home residence, and date of birth instead of escalating a situation on the side of the road because it is impossible to win there.

Many officers love to joke after wrongfully arresting or detaining an innocent citizen who stood their ground and/or prevailed against them in court months or years later that “They [the citizen] might have beat the rap, but they didn’t beat the ride.” An FBI whistleblower recently stated that the FBI uses and abuses its power to prosecute, knowing they do not have a case because “the process is the punishment.” The FBI agent is correct. Even if you win, you lose.

In the preceding Florida case, one victim, who is a grandmother, said to the POS who planted meth in her purse during a traffic stop for a “defective brake light” in his sentencing hearing, “You robbed me of my credibility and being a mother and grandmother over the last two and a half years.” She finally beat the rap, but she did not beat the ride. The process was her punishment for being a trusting citizen who gave a POS-talking turd permission to search her car and belongings.

Do you want to risk taking this same ride? Go through the same process? Any time you let an officer search anything, you are taking this risk. Again, do not think you can tell the good cops from the bad cops. You cannot. Cops cannot. I cannot. No one can. It is impossible, so you must shut up and lawyer up if necessary.

Bad cops get great joy knowing they cost an innocent citizen thousands of dollars and months or years of their time because they did not bow down to the officer’s power and authority and give in to their every request. Or they are sadistic sociopaths or psychopaths like the talking turd POS Florida sheriff’s deputy who ruined over 100 lives so he could possibly get a promotion. It did not bother him one bit. How do I know? Because he did it over 100 times!

Worse yet, the bad cops who love doing this type of stuff cannot be sued individually in most instances because they are protected by “qualified immunity.” In addition, their departments (depending on if they are state, federal, local, etc.) are often protected by “sovereign immunity,” which literally means you cannot sue the King (i.e., the sovereign) without the King’s permission. Now, do you see why so many bad cops never get fired and continue terrorizing innocent citizens their whole careers while their departments are well aware of it?

Welcome to our modern criminal justice system. This is why you never talk to an LEO without an attorney present (beyond providing them the minimum identifying information required by law – name, home address, and date of birth).

If you think I am making any or all this up, find an ex-officer and have them read this webpage, and then ask them if I am right. If they say I am wrong, please have them contact me and educate me on where I am wrong.

How do I have so much information about the internal workings of law enforcement? Through my dealings with them for 25 years and because my son, who is now a licensed professional investigator, is an ex-law enforcement officer (with two agencies) with almost a decade of experience.

He and numerous of his coworkers quit the “profession” because of the number of bad cops. He is not alone. Each year thousands of good cops are now doing the same thing. Guess who that leaves behind still on the streets? It is reverse Darwinism, i.e., only the bad cops will survive, and the good cops will go and are going extent.

How bad is it? Christina Pumphrey, the prosecutor who was the Florida whistleblower that sparked the Jackson County, Florida, drug-planting probe in the case involving the talking turd POS sheriff’s deputy, resigned, saying, “I don’t want to work in an environment that allows this to happen . . . I felt that instead of doing what I would call the right thing, there were steps to cover up the office’s involvement [i.e., the steps taken to cover up the prosecutor’s office involvement in their cover-up of this talking turd].

To clarify, she quit, not because of the bad cop, but because of the unethical prosecutor’s office that covered for him, and I am sure others like him on the force.

The establishment almost always covers up for the bad cops and seems to want to throw the good ones under the bus. It is now a clown world in terms of law enforcement. Up is down, right is wrong. That is why you must protect yourself.

Given the current state of law enforcement, ask yourself what type of individual would be attracted to it as a profession—asking for a friend.

An educated citizen is an LEO’s worst nightmare.

Cops, especially the bad ones, hate an educated citizenry because stopping citizens who know their constitutional rights and how to protect them makes their job harder. It forces them to play by the legal rules of engagement (e.g.,  the Texas Penal Code, Texas Rules of Evidence, Texas Criminal Procedure, U.S. Constitution, case law, etc.). Those rules are designed to protect you and your legal rights, not to make their job of trying to convict you of something easier.

Did you know LEOs legally allowed and are encouraged to lie like bandits to suspects and citizens alike?

Most people are surprised to learn that LEOs can legally lie to them and are trained and encouraged to do so. Ask any veteran LEO about lying to suspects to get them to incriminate themselves.

They will laughingly tell you numerous stories about how they lied and tricked suspects into incriminating themselves and making the entire case against them on the side of the road simply by lying to them and the subjects responding to their lies instead of shutting up and lawyering up.

During custodial interrogations (i.e., you cannot leave when you want to), investigators often lie and say things like “we found your DNA at the crime scene,” “we have an eyewitness who placed you at the crime scene,” “we found your fingerprints at the crime scene,” “the person you were with just ratted you out and said you did it and it was all your idea,” etc. Google “lies investigators tell suspects,” and you will get over 45,000,000 results. If you do not know what they are doing, why would you not believe them? They are police officers; you can trust them.

But if you lie to the police, it is a whole different story. Just don’t talk to them. Nothing good comes from it. You are taking a massive risk with no possible benefit if you do.

Have you ever heard of the Innocence Project? It is a nonprofit legal organization committed to exonerating incarcerated individuals who have been wrongly convicted. As of 2021, the Innocence Project has helped to successfully overturn over 300 convictions of innocent men sitting in prisons nationwide based on DNA evidence.

Google “innocent man framed by police,” “an innocent man spends years in prison,” “innocent man,” “innocent man framed by prosecutors,” “dirty cops,” “crooked cops,” “crooked police,” “crooked investigators,” “crooked prosecutors,” “police planting evidence,” “police fabricating evidence,” “police false imprisonment,” “police official misconduct,” “police racketeering,” “police kickbacks,” etc. and review the tens of millions of results. You will see how safe innocent people are when interacting with LEOs.

Again, thankfully there are still more good cops than bad ones. The problem is telling them apart. Nobody can, so they all must be treated like they could be the talking turd POS Florida Sheriff’s deputy. Sad, but this is the world we now live in. I want to show you how to survive it, or at least your interactions with LEOs.

For the 100th time, only your name, home address, and date of birth.

Again, the only information you must give an LEO during a traffic stop is your proof of insurance, proof of registration, license-to-carry (LTC) if you have one, and your driver’s license, which has your name, home address, and date of birth on it (reverify that information if asked). You must tell them whether you have a gun if you have an LTC.

If it is not a traffic stop, all you are legally required to do is give an LEO your name, home address, and date of birth. Commit this to memory; write it down if you have to.

It is okay to say no to an LEO.

We are no longer dealing with LEOs like those we grew up watching in popular television shows and series in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Most people, out of respect and/or fear, are hesitant to say “no” to an LEO or to refuse to answer their questions because it might come across as disrespectful and make them mad or make the person look guilty of something if they do not give the LEO permission to search everything they have.

Get over that. I regret to inform you these are no longer your Grandma’s or Grandpa’s LEOs. I am sure the last few years have convinced most people of that fact. The problem is that most people think or assume the LEO they are dealing with is one of the good ones. They also believe that their doctor is not a quack like all of the other ones. It is human nature to assume we are dealing with exceptions and not the rules in our everyday lives.

Again, it is okay to say no to a cop. Let them get mad, but protect your constitutional rights, life, liberty, and property. If they are a good cop, they will understand and treat you with respect and courtesy. If they are a bad cop, they often will throw a temper tantrum and/or try to bully or intimidate or finesse you into giving them what they want, i.e., permission to search everything you own and for you to answer every conceivable question they can think of to get you to incriminate yourself of something, anything, so that that they can arrest you.

Over 95% of all traffic stops are pretexts for LEOs to stop and search you and your vehicle in hopes of a big bust and maybe taking your vehicle in civil forfeiture.

Technically, an LEO has to have a reason to stop you. The vast majority of LEO encounters with citizens occur via traffic stops. They know if they stop enough vehicles driven by citizens going about their daily lives for a tag light out, brake/turn signal light out, cracked tail light lens, too-dark window tint, “alleged” swerving, front tire touching the white line while driving (an all-time favorite), inspection sticker out, cracked windshield, etc. they eventually will hit the jackpot. They will make a big bust that will make the news and help them get a promotion.

Again, these are fishing expeditions for them. Making traffic stops for cops is like them casting a lure while fishing. The more casts they make (stops) each day, the higher the probability of them catching a trophy.

Most are not worried about highway safety. They just want a reason to stop you and trick you into permitting them to search your vehicle, phone, travel trailer, RV, trunk, etc. It is a numbers game. The more innocent citizens they inconvenience, stop, and all too often harass or terrify, the higher the probability of them making the big bust that makes the news. Unfortunately, many LEOs treat the innocent citizens they stop like the criminals they hope to find.

If you Google it, you will discover that most of the largest drug busts in history have been a direct or indirect result of some type of traffic stop. Remember, they stop tractor-trailers, buses, dump trucks, boats, and anything else on public roadways or waterways.

That is why you never give them permission to search your vehicle, boat, phone, or anything else. If they have probable cause to think you committed a crime, make them get a search warrant. You will find, in most cases, they will back down and let you go because, as noted, they are just fishing and you will not bite.

Do not confuse your Google search with my law and investigator licenses and 25 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney.

The above tips will help you stay out of the criminal justice system and help keep you from hiring me or another attorney. Sometimes that requires citizens to do things that make them uncomfortable, like refusing to answer an LEO’s questions or not permitting them to conduct what figurately amounts to a body cavity search on the side of the road.

A professional LEO will understand, be calm, and follow the legal rules of engagement. An unprofessional LEO will often get mad and sometimes make veiled threats of what could happen to you if you do not let them do what they want you to, etc. The bad cops are invariably very immature and are often thugs and bullies with badges. Many get furious when someone they stop does not bow to their power and authority.

The good cops hate bad cops because they make all cops look bad. This is why there is currently a mass exodus of veteran officers leaving law enforcement before they reach retirement age. I know many who have left law enforcement because of this very thing, including my son.

I celebrate the good cops. And I want to protect you from the bad cops. If you want to see some of the bad ones I am trying to protect you from, Google phrases like “police misconduct,” “police abuse,” “police harassment,” “police corruption,” “police crimes,” “police fraud,” “police planting evidence,” “police perjury,” “police evidence tampering,” and similar keywords and read the tens of millions of results. Or, turn on your TV or YouTube on any given day.

If you are a good cop reading this, and fortunately, there are still more of you than there are bad cops, there is no need for me to apologize to you. You know exactly what I am referring to and why.

If you are a bad cop reading this, my goal is to get you out of law enforcement.

I always joke that 95% of attorneys give the other 5% a bad name. But now I think cops are giving us a run for our money in terms of public distrust and loathing. Thank heavens for politicians. We can always look down on them. They will always line the bottom of the barrel.

The above information and insights into law enforcement can save your life, liberty, property, money, career, family, future, etc. Ignore them at your own peril. Following them will significantly reduce your odds of ever having to hire me.



DISCLAIMER: The information on this website does not contain specific legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship with any reader. It is for informational and illustrative purposes only. Every situation and case is different. This material is not a substitute for and does not replace the advice or representation of a licensed attorney with whom a reader has an attorney-client relationship. The only way to establish an attorney-client relationship with an attorney, including me, is to meet with them and discuss the particular facts of your situation and mutually enter into a formal written legal representation agreement. 

Shutting up is the secret to surviving LEO encounters.