Keep Your Mouth Shut
After her estranged husband was arrested under domestic violence charges, Courtney Irby snuck allegedly snuck into his apartment and took his guns. She then took them and turned them in at her local police station.
When asked where she got the guns, Ms. Irby stated that she broke into his apartment and collected them. The following conversation between her and the officer followed:
Police Officer: “So you’re telling me you committed an armed burglary?”
Courtney Irby: “Yes, I am, but he wasn’t going to turn them in, so I am doing it.”
See, the problem is, SHE ADMITTED TO A CRIME!
Whether she was right or wrong, whether she was doing what was best for her or not (and we’re willing to argue that it was best for her) you don’t admit to a crime. The officer directly asked her about it and she said “Yes.”
Now it’s not too late for Ms. Irby. There are Federal gun laws that protect victims of domestic violence that may come into play. Additionally, it is unlikely a prosecutor would file charges as a jury would be unlikely to convict.
A Few Tips to Stay Out of Jail
Never admit to anything: When a cop pulls you over and inevitably asks “Do you know why I stopped you?” Your answer should always be “No. I don’t. Why?”
Ask for your attorney: The only words you should ever say to a police officer are “Lawyer” or “Attorney” and nothing else. You have the right to an attorney and you should have their protection. So make sure you have one at your side.
Say nothing else: As your Miranda Rights say, “You have the right to remain silent.” So stay silent. You can’t be accused of saying something wrong when you didn’t say anything at all.
Only speak to your lawyer: Keep your mouth closed and say nothing to anyone no matter what the police say, do, or promise. Your attorney will tell you what information you can give and what to keep to yourself.