Do I even need an attorney? If I am accused of a low-level crime, is it important to seek counsel? Is self-representation ever a good option? There is an old saying that an attorney representing himself has a fool for a client. It’s especially true in criminal defense cases. The rules of evidence are so…

Is it ever possible for someone to talk their way out of an encounter with the police? Can statements be twisted and used against defendants in court? People have a right to have an attorney present and should take advantage of that right. As an American citizen, when charged with a crime, you are presumed…

Interviewer: At what point are police required to inform a suspect of their Miranda Rights? Robert J Callahan: That’s a good question because they are not always required to read you your rights. If they’re just doing a general investigation, what they commonly call a “field interview,” they’re not obligated to read you your rights….

Robert: …what actually happens during an actual arrest and reality. People are going to call 911 and they’re going to say what happened, some of the times, you know, what actually transpired. And that will almost never match the narrative in the police reports. Same thing with the dispatch recordings, police are going to be…

V.O.: Absolutely, absolutely. I guess, so can you give me some examples of some you’ve recently won? Anything interesting? Obviously you don’t have to name names here but you know, just some cases that you’ve recently helped some people out with. Robert: Trying to think back to recently, there have been a lot of them….

V.O.: Yeah, I can only imagine. So, you know, kind of going back to the narcotics issue and just what to do when you’re actually arrested. I mean, you know, we’re talking sometimes somebody’s life literally in on the line, with prison time, and fines and everything else. I mean can you, on your typical…

V.O.: And so, I guess, you know along those lines with a narcotics offense-what’s the first thing somebody should do if they’re arrested or suspected of dealing drugs, or buying drugs, or… You know, I know there are a lot of cases out there where it’s kind of he said vs. she said when it…

V.O.: So, really then, the best idea is keep your mouth shut and wait for your attorney to come. Robert: It is, and to be polite about it. I mean, I’ve seen people walk away from getting charged with offenses just because they were polite with the police. You can be respectful and you can…

Robert: The police are so busy, or for whatever reason, they justify it and say, “We don’t really need to read this guy his right, or this woman her rights”. It could compromise their case too, a lot of times someone might stop them and say, “Wait a minute, did you say I have a…

Interviewer: What is the best way to contact you? Email? Phone? Once a client comes in the door, especially pertaining to a DUI case. Rob: Well our phone is on 24 hours a day, someone is answering it 24 hours a day. So they can call to set up an appointment, at times we can…

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