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Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police - especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law. In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen's constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it's also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids.

Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American. Reflecting the most recent attitudes of the Supreme Court, Professor Duane argues that it is now even easier for police to use your own words against you. This lively and informative guide explains what everyone needs to know to protect themselves and those they love.

©2016 James Joseph Duane. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 11-04-16

Good to know and remember

I've seen Duane's YouTube video "Don't talk to the police", and listened to his talk at Cato so I was really worried when I saw that he was also the narrator. Many authors should never, ever, read their own book. I was worried because the man talks very quickly. For the Cato podcast I had to put his talk on 1/2 speed just so I could comprehend what the heck he was saying. Thankfully, for this book he speaks at a normal pace and does a very good job.

Yes, the basics of the book are don't talk to the police. Don't try to prove your innocence with the police. Don't plead the 5th and sit silently. Do invoke your 6th Amendment right by clearly saying "I want a lawyer." So then why do you need to still listen to this book? Because he includes several stories that bring home the point and explains the devil in the details. He provides examples of how the police lie to people and have people waive their rights and put innocent people in jail. It's the details that you need and to help remind you why you shouldn't do this or that.

He also reminds the listener to never ever lie to the police. Even a white lie will earn you jail time. Even a mistaken memory where you get some of your facts mixed up can be used against you. So to be safe, ask for a lawyer.

It was a good listen and very informative.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 01-07-17

You won't look at the justice system the same waag

If you’ve ever thought “What’s the harm in talking to the police if I’ve done nothing wrong,” then you need to read this book. It starts with the simple fact that police detectives and district attorneys advise their own children to never talk to the police without a lawyer present. And near the end, it chronicles multiple cases where people were wrongly convicted based largely on completely true statements they made to the police. He rolls out some incredible statistics, like in one study of wrongly convicted people later vindicated by DNA evidence that found 40% included police testimony claiming the person said something “only the killer could've known.” The thing that most surprised me involved the rules of evidence regarding what you say to the police. If you say 300 things and 297 are exculpatory and 3 could be twisted against you, then in court, the police detective will only testify to the 3 things that make you look guilty and if the defense attorney tries to get the detective to discuss the other 297 things that work in your favor, that will be objected to as hearsay and the judge will agree. In other words, of the things you tell the police, only those that work against you will be allowed in court and nothing that works in your favor will. Consider that next time you think it can’t hurt to talk to the police without a lawyer. A short, powerful must read. Grade: A

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One of the most important books I've ever read!

A must read, must comprehend and must apply to your life! Thank you Mr. Duane!

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Eye opening review of the 5th Amendment

Professor Duane will tactfully show you that every American–innocent or guilty–should stand for their right to not be tricked into self conviction by usually well-meaning but flawed police actions. He will also show the 5th amendment has become worthless and nonexistent in the current justice system, and what you can do to retain those rights in spite of that fact.

A fascinating read (or listen) that everyone in the country, especially children and teenagers, need to know. It doesn't matter if you think you have nothing to hide. It doesn't matter if you think you would never do anything to bring prosecution upon yourself. You need to know what to say and what not to say to keep yourself safe in an incredibly overzealous and overreaching justice system.

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I'm Now Further Educated

This book has given me huge insight on what is going on in the legal system. It makes me almost want to go to Law School to better understand the law. I highly recommend this book as it might make a difference if something ever comes up.

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READ THIS BOOK ASAP!

If you're over 50 years old, you KNOW our legal culture has changed dramatically. We can no longer live in a common sense culture. Arm yourself and your young-adult family members. Read this book!

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avoid cops

If you go to them so they will work on your behalf, ok. But if they come to you? Be quiet. Outside of providing your I.D. and answering questions that speak to the present. "Am i being detained? Ok. Lawyer."

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What every American should know.

This book was written for those of us who believe. I don't do anything illegal so I can't get into any trouble. It was interesting in so I was surprised how much I didn't know... How simple it is to say it right and how simple it is to lose your life to our system.

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Irresistible!

James Duane's famous "don't talk to the police" video had me watching and rewatching for years. I would watch it not only to learn but for the sheer fun of how he talks and what he says. And further proof of his eloquence and rhetoric is here: this book is not only extremely important (especially now that the courts have all but murdered the fifth amendment), but very fun to listen to as well. He shifts seamlessly between facts, stories, examples and witty commentary, in a way that makes you wish this book was 20 hours long. Highest recommendation.

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Excellent advice. But a fair amount of repetition.

The author makers a great point, but that point can be made in about a paragraph. The rest of the book is horror stories about people (many of who proved to be innocent) who didn't do what the author recommends (I.e. they willingly talked to the police when they should have lawyered-up and shut up) and spent years or decades in prison as a result. I definitely recommend the book, but I'm glad I caught it on sale.

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  • Vornicu Radu - Tudor
  • 11-20-17

Guilty of being a must-read for everyone !

The author is a great professor and an inspiration to any aspiring lawyer ! Hat,s off!