- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Javelin Press; 3rd of 2009 edition (February 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888766093
- ISBN-13: 978-1888766097
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best all-around book on the subject of dealing effectively and constructively with the police in an encounter situation I have seen. I highly recommend it to all my clients who want an overview in plain language of what their rights are and how to keep them from being violated without resorting to an all-out confrontation. Constructive and practical advice for uncertain times. For the untrained, this book could make the difference between leaving a random traffic stop in custody and leaving under your own steam.
--L.M., a New Mexico defense attorney
I would like to order 5 copies of You & The Police!, which was excellent in every respect. I am giving copies to my best friends. Thanks for your great product and your dedication to American freedoms!
--F.S., a private investigator from Lakewood, California
I recommend this book to anyone who's ever had even a mildly unpleasant experience with the police. It's a good summary of your essential and recognized rights (as established by precedent or case law), and contains information and advice that could prove invaluable the next time you see lights in your rearview mirror.
--Ron Bain, Colorado Liberty
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This edition (ISBN 1888766093) is the revised edition of 2005. It contains 50 new pages, over a dozen new Supreme Court rulings, and discussion of the so-called "USA PATRIOT" Act of 2001. The Detention chapter is greatly revised, and there is a brand-new chapter (You & Your Guns).
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The author is a libertarian type who warns us to protect our Constitutional rights in the face of attacks from the government--and rightly so. But the book is also not an exhaustive treatise on Constitutional rights, nor should we expect that from a 168 page book. However, it is a useful discussion of our rights if/when we are detained by the police.
I have one minor legal quibble with the book and then a philosophical one. The author cites a number of important Supreme Court cases, but he also cites some state court and lower federal court opinions. These may or may not be the law in your state. The author also emphasizes proper behavior after the police encounter has ripened into a detention. A case could be made (and has been) that we should place most attention on the time frame BEFORE we are arrested----that's the time to shut up and say nothing. It's too late once you've been formally arrested. I raise this last point only so prospective readers will know the author's point of view in advance.
At the same time, the book contains a lot of useful information about one's rights during various kinds of police encounters (and they are not all the same). Laymen and interested citizens will find a lot of good information in this book, and the information is presented in a readable format (not a dry academic discourse). Overall, this book has far more good points than bad ones, and my earlier comments should not be construed negatively. Every citizen can profit from reading this book and from protecting our vanishing rights.
Boston does say in the book that it's not a substitute for qualified legal counsel. DO NOT IGNORE THAT PART OF THE BOOK. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. Again, DO NOT IGNORE THAT PART OF THE BOOK. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.
Some people reading the book ignore that and chose to play "jailhouse lawyer" thinking everything they need to know is here. US Law is so complex that if printed out, it would fill a landfill or three. Even lawyers can't know it all. But they certainly know how to find and understand relative info better than laymen in many cases. And they have experience speaking the language of law to the people who speak it for a living.
The second most important part of the book is probably the "don't show them all your cards" info. After reading this book, I shake my head in sadness anytime I see some poor sap on TV in cuffs screaming "I'll sue you! You're violating my rights!" Boston explains how, and why, if they violate your rights, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Don't tip them to "clean up" and remove your chance to use their ignorance to your advantage later.
Boston says in one of his other books that "a sidearm is only to fight your way back to your rifle" and I'd say this book is only to keep you from "shooting yourself in the foot" until your lawyer arrives. Again, take Boston's advice and do not play jailhouse lawyer, or represent yourself. Just don't give bad cops good ideas on how to hang you when you've done nothing wrong, when they're "looking for bodies" to feed through the system to keep the paychecks coming.
Good cops protect and serve, and are a rare and precious thing. They do exist (as Boston says, usually at the county level). Bad cops are on a power trip, and are just "looking for bodies." This book will help you know the difference between a peace officer and a bad cop, and will keep you from making mistakes with *any* cop until your lawyer arrives to help speak the language that is so complex that laymen can't speak it.
I am not a lawyer, but personally, I'll say this: I might chose to "flex my rights" and "educate the cops" in a traffic ticket or wrongful search. But I'm not going to represent myself in anything a lot more serious than that. And not to speak for the man, but I seriously doubt Boston would either. Boston's protagonist in "Molon Labe!" is in some serious hot water (for doing nothing), and that character uses the tips in "You and the Police" at his traffic stop. But he hires a good lawyer before it goes very far, and certainly for trial.
The info in "You and the Police" will help you have a better chance in anything once your lawyer takes over. And it can be helpful with little run-ins. I've never been arrested, but I've spent one night in jail, a couple decades ago. If I'd read this book first, I would have slept in my own bed that night.
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I got as far as chapter 7, i couldn’t take anymore, got a refund from Amazon.Read more