Did I say that? For seventeen years I have practiced law. This means I have spent seventeen years helping folks out of legal problems. Often, Very Often, helping folks has meant pulling their main parts out of traps that they put themselves into. The bible tells us that the tongue is a small part of the body but creates great problems for individuals, James 3:4-6 says 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. New International Version. Important lesson: what you say can hurt you! Be very careful! When in doubt say NOTHING! When you find yourself trapped by your own words you will be asking Did I say that?
Many people come into court charged with a crime. Some folks come to court who are asking for money damages for injuries they suffered. In either case the things that are said can really hurt your case. They are hurt by things they said and they ask Did I say that? I have represented folks who have admitted to the police “I did not have all the drugs only some of them.” Great you just admitted that you were in possession of drugs. “I only hit him a couple times.” You admitted to assault. “I have a girlfriend but she is a bad wife to me.” You just admitted to adultery. Did I say that? What we say is important. Many times people are in my office and the biggest evidence against them is their own words. Say NOTHING! If you have the urge to break this rule hold your hand over your mouth and wait. Say nothing. Say no words. Close your mouth. Do you see a pattern developing here. Don’t come to my office asking Did I say that?
I read a story today about a lady who joined a dating site. She found a wonderful young man and fell madly in love. Not sure of those details but play along She e-chatted with this person and developed a relationship. At some point she discussed her prior marriage and the fact that she was a widow. Nothing unusual right? Right! She goes on. She told her new bestie that her husband died in a car accident. She was driving and they hit a tree. Her hubby died. Problem – she admitted to driving into the tree on purpose. Oops! When she is charged with his murder what will the evidence be? HER OWN WORDS! She will be asking Did I say that? Check out the story for yourself, at the following link: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/category/criminal-law.
What will you do. First obey the law! Second, if you do not obey the law don’t get caught. Third, If you get caught do not resist the police and DO NOT TALK without a lawyer guiding you. No questioning without a lawyer. Call your lawyer. Ask for a lawyer. Get a lawyer. See the pattern? Don’t be in front of a judge saying, Did I say that! Get a lawyer, listen to your lawyer and let them talk for you. Lawyers spend years learning what to say and what not to say. Avoid having to ask, Did I say that? If you need a lawyer call me NOW