PSA: Pre-Trial Confinement

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Messy military lawyer. Today’s public service announcement involves if you end up in pre-trial confinement, or frankly, if you end up in civilian confinement being held over for trial.

Don’t trust the people in there. They’re looking to snitch. I see it all the time in my cases, people who also happen to be in pre-trial confinement, which means they’re also in trouble. They’re looking for any way to get into less trouble. If you talk to them, if there’s anybody else who can say, oh yeah, I saw those two. They were visiting. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Then that corroborates that you’re chummy. That corroborates that maybe you actually made an admission to that person.

I had a murder case, nice little snitch in the Bell County Jail of Fort Hood, came in and tried to say that my client confessed to him. Don’t do it. If you end up in pre-trial confinement, just remember you don’t have any friends in there. Don’t talk to anybody. Don’t talk to about your case. Don’t even be seen as being chummy with anybody. Messy military lawyer.

Jocelyn Stewart is a UCMJ court-martial attorney who specializes in defense of allegations of sexual assault for all branches of the military worldwide.

Contact the Law Office of Jocelyn C. Stewart at 253-212-6940

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