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Arrest-Proof Yourself will teach you everything you need to know about dirty cops, racial profiling, probable cause, search and seizure laws, your right to remain silent, and much more. This how-not-to guide will keep you safe and sound all year long.”  —Zink magazine on the previous edition


“Fascinating.”  —Chicago Sun-Times

“A subversive how-to manual [with] pages of valuable tips.”  —New York Post

“Funny and very politically incorrect [with] many pearls of wisdom.”  —Harper’s

About the Author

Dale C. Carson was an FBI field agent, a SWAT sniper, an instructor at the FBI academy, and a Miami police officer who set Florida records for felony arrests. He is currently a criminal defense attorney. Wes Denham is the author of Arrested.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 2 edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613748043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613748046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was written by a man who is both an ex-cop and a criminal defense attorney -- in other words, someone with a great deal of familiarity with the legal system. He starts the book with his 4 Golden Rules, which include advice about not volunteering information to the police and keeping illegal substances at home. There's plenty of advice on how to avoid police interest as well as what to do if that interest comes your way anyway. Since the author has experience as a cop, he even knows the "inciters" that some police officers use in an attempt to goad people into actions which could be used to justify an arrest. Once an arrest seems imminent, the author also has some suggestions for how you just might be able to convince the officer to let you go -- including crying, and, er, losing control of your bodily functions (no police officer wants a smelly patrol car!). I liked the "Arrestability Quotient" charts spread throughout the book which show various scenarios and the low, medium and high probability of each resulting in an arrest. Basically, most of the advice is common sense, and involves appearing and behaving in pubic in ways that will not attract unwanted law enforcement attention. A large portion of the book is devoted to weapons and the legal and illegal varieties that can be found in each category. The author also discusses the "stand your ground" laws and the legal implications of using weapons for self-defense. This book overall contains a lot of useful and eye-opening information. While most of it is common sense, it won't hurt for even the law-abiding among us to educate ourselves on how to avoid legal entanglements.
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I bought this book and read it on my Android tablet with a Kindle app, it's a very good and informative book. "Arrest-Proof Yourself" is a really about common sense. Normal average middleclass people who follow rules will pick up some real pointers about how to keep themselves out of the back seat of a patrol car. I always suspected that the police had a point system and a unofficial quote system in place, now it's been confirmed.

I am sure with this advice and my dominating middle class American values I won't be seeing any self inflected arrest in my future.

BUT the real value of this book is that it enlightens you to the CONSEQUENCES of being arrested. They are huge and life changing. Pay attention. The cost of the book is nothing in comparison to understanding the consequences of being arrested. The book explains clearly (and with examples) that just because you were not convicted of the crime you were originally arrested for doesn't mean that the arrest disappears from your record. The arrest will NEVER disappear, it will always be there to haunt you and come back and bite you in the you know what. Your employer, your bank, your mortgage loan officer, your new love interest, everybody will see the arrest. There will be no mention that you were not convicted. People will think you were arrested, you are guilty. They will ask themselves "Should I associate with this person, do I want him or her in my company?"

Hold on though, it gets Worse. He talks about what's going on in electronic surveillance. Pay attention because "Big Brother" is.

In the end the book is the real deal. It's not a conspiracy "theory" book. Your getting it straight from the horse's mouth.
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I'd give this book zero stars, if that were possible.

As a criminal defense lawyer, I'm always looking out for books that are written to be easy to understand for non-lawyers. (As a blogging criminal defense lawyer, I do what I can to write on the topic myself.)

This book is not that. It's ignorant drivel. I know some criminal defense lawyers who even question if it was really written by a police officer, as it purports to be.

But seriously, mess yourself to avoid arrest? I don't think that's going to work. Some of the police cars these days actually have hard plastic back seats. They can disinfect and hose those if they need to do so. The end result of following this advice is that you're going to end up sitting in your messy pants for awhile, because they sure aren't going to let you wash them out while you're in holding, or booking.

This book is all about the opposite of what I think we need to do. This book is about demeaning yourself before law enforcement, when what you should be doing is making yourself aware of your rights and then (carefully) exercising them. When (not if, unfortunately) that fails, you should be filing a complaint against the officer, and under the right circumstances you should sue. That's the only way things are going to change. (Complaints, in particular, can help because even though the police force will find them "unfounded," they rack up. And criminal defense attorneys like myself can run motions that give us access to those, so eventually we're able to show that a particular cop is not to be trusted, which can result in less of his victims going to jail, or prison, and possibly result in his being reassigned or terminated.)

If you're looking for serious advice on how to "arrest-proof" yourself, this book is not the place to look.
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