Pleading the Fifth

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Every husband I know has stepped in it at some point.  Get caught off guard Pleading 5th Fifth foot in mouth attorney lawyer Ed Page Law Office Sanford NC Lee County brickcitylaw self incrimination self-incrimination traffic criminal DWI right remain silent Miranda Harnett Moore small claims contract collectionand unawares and some little nugget of good-intentioned but embarrassing truth slips out.  “No, I guess I’m not real fond of your sister.”  “How was dinner? …ummm..” “Does that dress make your butt look big? Pfft…no. But maybe wear the other instead?”    Innocence and good intentions only get you so far. 

And yet, recognizing how often we misspeak, get taken out of context, or otherwise “step in it”, folks still try to talk themselves out of serious criminal matters without the presence and advice of an attorney.

We’ve all watched Law and Order, and we know how the guys that “lawyer up” are made to look.  It doesn’t have to be like that.  You are always free to exercise your 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.  You also have a right to an attorney.  Even if, and perhaps especially if, you are innocent.  You can simply tell law enforcement that the whole proceeding makes you nervous, not because you did anything, but just because of your inexperience with it all and the seriousness of the situation.

I have seen person after person talk their way INTO criminal charges.  It is very rare to talk yourself out of them.  That’s my job.


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