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In my days I’ve seen a number of my friends, family members, and over loved ones get involved with the criminal justice system for one reason, mistake, dumb decision, or another. Whether it’s because Bobby slapped his wife for the 5th time, or if lil’ bad ass John Boy got busted with marijuana in his possession for a third time, no one is perfect and even the best among us can end up in trouble with law from time to time.

I even knew a NASA astronaut who drove from Texas to Florida in a loved crazed rage, non-stop, wearing a diaper to save on trip time. (I bet those shorts were nasty when they came off.)

The Law is Equalizing

For example, take this one lawyer who got in trouble for a DWI and had his law license suspended for brief time, and another lawyer with a similar background who has never had any negative skirmishes with the law. Both of these men are proverbial angels, but sadly, one made a mistake, was busted for it, and damn-near lost his whole career, and the other has never seen a law enforcement officer outside of a courtroom unless he was cross-examining the officer in a criminal trial on behalf of a client.

The Alleged Meth Cooking Scientist

There was even a Rice scientist who had a run-in with police at his home. The reason the police showed up was because they got a tip from an informant that there was a meth lab operation underway on the scientist’s property. Alleged Meth Lab Scientist

However, there was a catch to this arrest. Rather than a routine drug bust taking place, a few hours before a planned police raid a fire broke out on the premises and the fire department was called in.

While the Houston Fire Department was extinguishing the blaze on the far end of the property in a guest house, they realized that they were indeed extinguishing the remains of what once was a fully functioning meth lab.

The police were called and they wasted no time in arresting the scientist. Here’s where it gets good; the scientist rented the guest house out to a raunchy “biker type” couple and he was on the property only a few times per week, rent was never late, and he had no reason to bother the people, thus not being the wiser as it relates to a full blown meth lab operating on the property.

After his lawyer finished making fools of the Drug Task Force he was released from police custody and the charges dropped pending a full investigation by the internal affairs division of the law enforcement agency in question.

Law Is A Great Equalizer

If you’re not a billionaire, bank CEO, government subsidized drug lord, or politician, you must obey the law or be jailed for your crimes. With the growing corruption in governments worldwide, its important to note that law is being increasingly used to oppressed those who are least likely to have to capability of defending themselves. However, there are a number of criminal defense lawyers in Houston who are willing to represent and defend the rights of the accused so don’t panic.

Unknowingly Breakin’ The Law?

Finding yourself in legal hot water is not usually a laughing matter. It can be incredibly stressful to sort through legal difficulties, and can take a major toll on your mental health, your finances, and even your relationships.

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, the best way to proceed is to retain an attorney that specializes in the type of law that is most appropriate to your particular situation.

Legal Ignorance

For most people, finding a qualified attorney is relatively simple because they’ve been accused of breaking a law that the majority of people are familiar with. However, if you happen to be in the minority and end up breaking a strange law that you never knew existed, it might be a bit more difficult to figure out what type of lawyer to contact.

Many states have some crazy laws that you may never have heard of. Check out this video to learn about some very unusual state laws that you may have broken without even knowing.

25 Extremely Bizarre Laws That Don’t Make Sense

Citizen Tips For Police Stops

At some point in their lives, the vast majority of people will eventually be stopped by the police. Although it can be a frightening and stressful situation, knowledge is power. The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be in the long run.traffic-stop-police

Stopped By Police?

  1. Remain calm. Even if you don’t believe you’ve done anything to warrant being stopped, it will only complicate the situation if you become visibly upset or indignant.
  2. Know your rights. Carry a pocket Constitution with you for reference in case you find yourself in a situation where you believe your rights are being infringed upon.
  3. If possible, record the entire interaction or have someone who’s with you record it. Some law enforcement officers may attempt to stop you from doing so, but despite what the they may tell you, the Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have the right to record officers while they are performing their duties: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/05/25/federal-appeals-court-reaffirms-right-to-videorecord-including-at-traffic-stops/
  4. Be respectful and polite, but do NOT volunteer information. You are not obligated to answer questions about where you’re going or what you’re doing. You may feel that answering questions will be construed as you being helpful and cooperative, but volunteering information can actually be detrimental. When a police officer stops you due to blatant violation of the law or reasonable suspicion that you may be committing a crime, their job is to find evidence to use against you, not vice versa, and words can be misconstrued or twisted.
  5. When an officer approaches you and asks you questions without informing you that you were stopped due to the commission of a crime, ask if you are free to go. If the officer says no, ask if you are being detained. If you are told that you are not being detained, ask again if you are free to go. It has to be one or the other, and if you are not being detained, the officer must allow you to leave.
  6. Do not consent to a search. If the officer asks for permission to search your vehicle, do not agree. They must have probable cause to do so, and if they really do have probable cause, they will be able to obtain warrant. Otherwise, if you voluntarily allow them to conduct a search, they may uncover something that they weren’t necessarily looking for that can somehow be used to incriminate you.
  7. If you have a prepaid legal service, always have the information for your provider law firm handy in case you are detained. If you do not have a pre-arranged legal service and are detained or feel that your constitutional rights have been violated, know how to locate an attorney. The internet is a great source of information. There are services and directories available to assist you in locating an experienced and reputable attorney.

If you live in the Houston area, we recommend attorney Mario Madrid for your legal representation if you feel you were unfairly stopped, searched, or arrested by police.

For more information about best practices when dealing with police, review the video below.

Don’t Talk To Police

Citizen Tips For Police Stops