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(Some Guy)   How to get arrested (and wind up on Fark) without really trying (Not safe for work language)   (jbennettrylah.com ) divider line
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2012-11-28 11:40:58 AM  
I am sorry that happened to you. It sounds as though it was a terrible miscarriage of justice and one that happens a zillion times each day. And you'll probably be affected by it for years and years.

I hate the way our society has these machines that just grind people up and grind people up and grind people up.
 
2012-11-28 12:15:56 PM  

RoyBatty: I hate the way our society has these machines that just grind people up and grind people up and grind people up.


Meanwhile, people are being robbed, killed and raped while police bust down doors looking for a relatively harmless plant. America, FARK YEAH!
 
2012-11-28 01:06:38 PM  
That was just damn shiatty. Damn damn shiatty damn shiatty.
 
2012-11-28 02:05:53 PM  
Then they show me to a door and outside, it is a bright, hot, sunny day. If all they wanted was to shove me in a video arraignment for five minutes, why didn't they just give me an appointment and have me show up? What was the point of housing me in a cage for a day and a half?

I don't farking get this.

If it is a non-violent crime you are being charged with and they didn't take you to jail when it happened, why not give you a call set up a time and see if you will just show up.

Even if 50% don't, you have still saved police a lot of time and money catching you, driving you to jail, housing you and feeding you.
 
2012-11-28 02:09:36 PM  
I My Friend got pulled over with an oz. of mushrooms once. First thing the cop said to him was it smelled like marijuana (it probably did). Asks for his license and registration then goes back to the squad car. My friend couldn't stop thinking about how he bad he had just farked up, he only had one year of college left and that was starting to look like it wasn't going to happen since he was going to be a felon now. The cop came back to the car and handed him a 1 point ticket for an unsafe lane change (which was legit). Then he asked my friend if he could search the car since we didn't have anything anyway. My friend told him "Sir, I respectfully decline your search" and the cop just let me him go. I will never stop thinking about how different my life would be if I didn't know what to say to the cop to avoid a search. I really feel for the lady in this story, she is one of the many victims of our ridiculous war on drugs.
 
2012-11-28 02:35:28 PM  

liam76: Then they show me to a door and outside, it is a bright, hot, sunny day. If all they wanted was to shove me in a video arraignment for five minutes, why didn't they just give me an appointment and have me show up? What was the point of housing me in a cage for a day and a half?

I don't farking get this.

If it is a non-violent crime you are being charged with and they didn't take you to jail when it happened, why not give you a call set up a time and see if you will just show up.

Even if 50% don't, you have still saved police a lot of time and money catching you, driving you to jail, housing you and feeding you.


Communist_Manifesto: I My Friend got pulled over with an oz. of mushrooms once. First thing the cop said to him was it smelled like marijuana (it probably did). Asks for his license and registration then goes back to the squad car. My friend couldn't stop thinking about how he bad he had just farked up, he only had one year of college left and that was starting to look like it wasn't going to happen since he was going to be a felon now. The cop came back to the car and handed him a 1 point ticket for an unsafe lane change (which was legit). Then he asked my friend if he could search the car since we didn't have anything anyway. My friend told him "Sir, I respectfully decline your search" and the cop just let me him go. I will never stop thinking about how different my life would be if I didn't know what to say to the cop to avoid a search. I really feel for the lady in this story, she is one of the many victims of our ridiculous war on drugs.


This is one example of how unfair the system is.

My guess (I am not a lawyer) is that if she had lawyered up immediately, she would never have been jailed like that or left to sit for several days.

If her story is taken at face value, it is horrendous that the judge, upon agreeing they had the wrong person, allowed the situation to continue any further.

And the prosecutor should have been called in in front of the judge and reproached.
 
2012-11-28 02:38:31 PM  
I've never been arrested, but yes, I did take the advice of a civil libertarian lawyer I heard on the radio and place his phone number in my wallet and on my smartphone.

It seems paranoid but is almost certainly a good idea these days, if you can afford it, to find a criminal lawyer ahead of time, interview him/her, pay them some form of retainer if asked, and memorize their name and number and then remember to STFU.
 
2012-11-28 03:37:26 PM  
I have no friends, which is a good thing. If you give a friend a ride and the cop pulls you over and says they smell marijuana they search your car with just cause. Then they find a bag of a half ounce of weed up your friend's ass. Then they arrest you, impound your car, make you pay $1000 to get it back--if you can. They take your license away, so you can't really get your car. If a friend is in your house or you're over their house, they might have an arrest warrant. The cops might find them in your house, or find you with them, and find weed on them or in their house, and arrest you for being present, and then send you to jail.

See if I smoked a lot of pot, I'd have friends. I mean if my friends get pulled over in the car with pot, and I have a lot of pot, I'm really not in any more trouble than I'd get myself in anyway. Since I don't have any pot, and anyone could be concealing pot on their person, every time I have a friend with me I'm putting myself at serious risk of being arrested and sent to jail forever. So it really makes no sense to have friends unless you smoke weed.
 
2012-11-29 01:54:05 AM  
And everyone I tell gets that troubled look on their face, the one where their eyes shift focus because they're thinking of things in their homes they're not supposed to have. That little film canister of pot you save for when you're sick. The couple bars of Xanax your friend gave you because you hate being on planes, but once a year you visit your grandparents in Florida. The half gram of coke you can't bear to part with because it reminds you of college. The tab of acid you're saving for the next time you see The Flaming Lips. The unlicensed handgun that belonged to your dead uncle. I don't know what you've got. But a lot of people have something and you live your life just assuming a team of armed cops will never come and rip apart your home.

Depends on the circles you run in, I suppose.
 
2012-11-29 10:23:32 PM  
you know, i feel bad for her, and the war on drugs is farked up, but she really comes off sounding like a huge pussy. She spent a day in jail for a misdemeanor, she got some probation. Yeah, it sucks, but come on. This made her break up with her boyfriend? She's going home shaking, crying? She needs to see a therapist? She really needs to toughen up some.
 
2012-11-30 09:20:23 AM  

coscausticevil: you know, i feel bad for her, and the war on drugs is farked up, but she really comes off sounding like a huge pussy. She spent a day in jail for a misdemeanor, she got some probation. Yeah, it sucks, but come on. This made her break up with her boyfriend? She's going home shaking, crying? She needs to see a therapist? She really needs to toughen up some.


The piece is more about the realization of ALL OF THE CONSEQUENCES of having even a *minor* arrest record. It is extremely tough, she highlights quite a few of the problems you encounter, and it goes even further. Restricted travel out of the country and limited job options are just the beginning. I feel for the author, and appreciate the ability to share the experience.
 
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