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What do I do: Detective calls me saying I'm not in trouble but I'm a witness to something I definitely was not a witness to, sounds like they want me to be a character witness. Sounds like someone I was a passenger in a car accident with later went on to kill someone in a car accident. He Is trying to intimidate me and really is pushing for my adress. I live 2000 miles away from where this is happening, i won't give him my adress because when I asked him why this can't be done over the phone he couldn't answer my question. He then went on to say that he's just gonna have to "come find me" if I'm not in any trouble why am I being intimidated. He's harassing my family for my adress as well. How do I make this go away. I'm 6 months pregnant and I'm not a witness to anything. And the car accident I was in was two years ago and I was a struggling drug addict at that time. So technically I'm not even credible if they want a character witness on someone I barely remember because I was on drugs. So is there any way I could be in trouble? Why does he keep saying I'm not in trouble but then intimidates me? if I'm not in trouble why are they treating me like a criminal?

Asked 4 months ago in Criminal Defense

Theodore’s answer: First, you do not have to speak to the Detective any further. But you would be well advised to speak to a local attorney to see if they can resolve things for you with the Detective. Usually, when an attorney gets involved, the police are less likely to remain heavy handed.

If you saw something happen that eventually led to a homicide or manslaughter and you covered it up in some way, then you could conceivably "be in trouble" but it's not likely they could prove any such thing and are really grasping at straws trying to pressure you to assist them as a witness. But often witnesses are then treated like suspects if the police can't solve their crime in any other way. Call a good criminal defense lawyer - and it may be worthwhile to call a lawyer in the jurisdiction in which the case is pending, since they often know the police involved and can speak to them off-the-record more easily.

Good luck. Remain silent with the police - period!

Answered 4 months ago.


Can I put aspirin in a prescription pill bottle with the prescribed medicine?: Cop informed me I could get arrested for having asprin in my prescribed pill bottle. It had the prescribed medicine medication in the bottle along with two aspirins.

Asked over 1 year ago in Criminal Defense

Theodore’s answer: While there is no express law that says you cannot carry aspirin in a prescription bottle, it does leave you open to being arrested by police (because they don't believe you that it's aspirin and they think it might just be oxi or something else). You may ultimately be cleared by proving it was aspirin all along, but that is after you've spent time in jail and in Court and spent perhaps thousands of dollars on counsel fees and time lost from work. It is ultimately up to you whether you carry aspirin in a prescription bottle, but those are realistic facts that mitigate against the practice.

Good luck.

Answered over 1 year ago.


Are there any federal or state laws regarding surreptitiously recording audio/video of police encounters?: I was told it's illegal to secretly record encounters with the police, without the officer's knowledge. I know it's legal if they know you're doing it, but what about if it's in secret?

Asked over 1 year ago in Constitutional

Theodore’s answer: It is generally not illegal to video record public servants, but it is more of a practical issue. If the police discover you are surreptitiously recording them, they may react in different ways. Some will straighten themselves up and act more professionally and some will seize your camera, some will even destroy the recording and/or the camera.

If you are going to record the police, it is best to make sure the camera is not readily noticeable and/or it is undetectable.

It is also important to know that some states have laws prohibiting such videoing, but they would not likely stand up in a court of law or on appeal - but that is after being arrested, prosecuted, etc. all of which you would be better off avoiding - even if you eventually win..

So if you are going to video record the police, do it discreetly and carefully and do not point it out to the police at the time of any confrontation. It's just safer that way.

Good luck.

Answered over 1 year ago.