Free Legal Advice

I’m not the only one giving away million-dollar legal advice. Stephen Gustitis blogs here about what to do when you’re arrested, and Scott Greenfield follows up here with his thoughts, including why peoplr spill their guts after demanding a lawyer:

This may be the gestalt need to explain oneself, by adding something like “I’m in enough trouble already and I don’t need to make it worse by talking to you about the crime.” Or this may be the mistaken idea that by uttering the magic words, they get a free pass on whatever comes next, so they then spew a total confession (or worse yet, some smart-alec version) thinking that the cops can’t use it because they invoked their right to counsel.

I wrote here about what happens when criminal-defense lawyers’ best advice is followed.

Scott also guesstimated that 30% of defendants “sink themselves with their own mouths when they could have beaten the case if they had just remained silent.” My impression is that the number is much higher. But more importantly, consider this: 0% of defendants sink themselves by not talking to the police.

Because of the much higher cost of living in New York, incidentally, what would be million-dollar legal advice in Houston would cost you $2,315,389.77 up there.

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  1. I need help! Recently moved in with my boyfriend to his flat that is run in conjunction with a trust fund. He has been told he needs to kick me out even though our relationship is good. Do the trustees have the right to tell him who stays in the flat? He is in the middle of a divorce and met me 3 months after he left his wife. We have known each other 6 months and dated exclusively for 3 of those months. PLEASE HELP ME AS I DONT WANT TO LOSE HIM.

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