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Arrested for a Crime: Myth Busting: Part I

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3 Common Misconceptions about Arrests and Criminal Defense

Have you been arrested and charged with a crime? Nationally ranked defense attorney Kim T. Stephens explains the truth behind many myths and preconceptions people have about arrests.

  1. MYTH: If the police don’t read me my Miranda rights, my case will automatically be thrown out or dismissed.

TRUTH:  You may be watching too much Law and Order! Contrary to popular misconception, the police are not required to advise a person of their Miranda rights (i.e. the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present) until a person has been detained or arrested.  If the police fail to tell you your Miranda rights following a custodial arrest, any statements you make in response to police questioning or interrogation might be excluded from use at trial, but the case is still not likely to be thrown out or dismissed, although a good defense attorney will certainly try to leverage this omission to help resolve your case.

  1. MYTH: If my friend has marijuana/cocaine/prescription pain pills/ecstasy/or any illegal drugs, while he or she is in my car or house, I can’t be arrested or charged by the police with possession since it isn’t mine.

TRUTH:  Be wary of the company you keep. In Georgia, you can and are likely to be arrested and charged with possession of illegal drugs if drugs are found in your car, house, or in close proximity to you, even if the drugs belong to your friend or acquaintance. Don’t believe it? Case in point: I recently represented a young female UGA student—an honor student with close to a 4.0 GPA—who was a guest at a parent/student fraternity social at the Athens Classic Center. Her date, a good friend of hers, was approached by the police and arrested for cocaine possession after an officer serving as a security guard saw him snorting a white powder. Our client was also arrested based solely on the fact that she was standing beside her date at the time.  Even worse, the local newspaper put the young lady’s picture on the front page with a headline announcing she had been arrested for possession of cocaine.  After investigating the case, I convinced the prosecutors in the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office to dismiss all charges against the young lady, but the emotional trauma and expense of simply being charged was extraordinarily difficult on her and her family. Be aware that if you are spending time with people who are involved in illegal activity, you may be arrested just for your proximity to those people, even if you aren’t directly involved in the crime.

  1. MYTH: I will never be arrested because I am a good person and would never violate the law. Or, my son or daughter will never be arrested because he/she is a good person and would never violate the law.

TRUTH:  Almost all of my clients are good people. In fact, a portion of my clients are falsely accused. Some have done something that does violate a law, but the police and prosecutors have over-charged or inflated the charges to be bigger than they should be. Some people have simply made bad decisions or found themselves in unfortunate circumstances. In reality, these circumstances could happen to anyone since everyone makes some sort of bad decision at some point in their life. At Stephens & Brown, we begin each case believing our clients are good people and treat them with respect throughout our representation.  We seek to achieve the very best possible result in each case.

Remember, if you are charged with a crime or asked to meet with school administrators about alleged crimes, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can provide you with a powerful defense and protect your future. Kim Stephens defends people every day against false or inflated accusations, winning in court, and preventing incidents from impacting his clients’ lives. He is a nationally ranked defense attorney and has successfully litigated hundreds of cases.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ARE FACING A STUDENT JUDICIARY HEARING, CALL KIM STEPHENS TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE. 706.548.3933

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