What To Do If You're Wrongly Arrested for a Crime | Op-Ed | NowThis

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Learn what to do if you’re arrested for a crime that you didn’t commit — because wrongful arrests and convictions are way too common.
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Jason Flom, Innocence Project founding memeber: 'You've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit. What do you do? Here are a few things to burn into your memory. remember a couple of phone numbers because if you get arrested and you're given that everyone knows about that phone call you get are some places to phone calls. You have to know numbers if you don't know them they're not going to give you your phone. You're going to get a pay phone. Second of all remember the words. I want a lawyer. maybe you know something peripheral about a crime scene maybe you heard something. You don't have to spill your guts right away. Wait until you have a lawyer, then you can make your statements, your Miranda rights. Everyone knows the phrase everyone's heard them read hundreds of times on TV. If you watch any of these procedural shows they're there for a reason. Don't wave them.

People who have been wrongfully convicted often waived their Miranda rights because they thought they had nothing to fear by saying what was on their mind. Often we'll hear these lines like well I thought if I just told the truth I could go home. Because I didn't do anything that may not be the best course of action. Don't waive your Miranda rights. And remember you have the right to a lawyer. And once you insist on that right or you exercise that right the questioning must stop.

About 6 percent of people in prison in America are actually innocent of the crime that they were convicted of. That's about 100000 people.

Most of the TV shows, the law and order the CSI, The bad guy gets caught. The community is safe Even in a perfect system mistakes would be made even if everyone was doing the best that they could to ensure that justice is done. There are always going to be mistakes.

There's so many different causes. especially if it's a more high profile crime there's a lot of pressure from the media from. People's superiors from may even be from the mayor's office to get that particular case solved. Amanda Knox a very famous example of that.

One of the main themes of what leads to these wrongful convictions is that people are taken by surprise and they don't react in a way.

That will be most helpful to themselves. I want to go back in time and be like Shakey's these people go no no no no no you say the following words i want a lawyer. Say that. But they don't know.

I know you're thinking this only happens to people from the other side of town from the other side of the tracks whatever it is wrong. This can happen to anyone and it has happened that people from all walks of life. It's happened to people of all races. It's happening to people from all socioeconomic statuses. Every every one is vulnerable to this ultimate nightmare. because what could be worse than being wrongfully convicted and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. I can't think of anything.'

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