Asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: My brother called me from jail and I agreed to talk to convince his victum to drop charges but didn't can I be charged

I was contacted by a detective and questioned but I did nothing but talk about doing something and never did it

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Jeffrey H. Garland
Jeffrey H. Garland
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You should consider that many jails record phone calls. Police can access and listen to these calls. Usually, the courts at first appearance impose no victim contact restrictions. This means no direct or indirect contact. The restriction applies even if the arrestee doesn’t bond out. For your brother to ask you to contact a victim to convince her/him to drop charges could be construed as an attempt at indirect victim contact. The police are likely more focused on your brother’s actions than yours, but you can never be sure. These general bond restrictions often run into conflict with the close relationships between family and friends. Each situation has to be looked in light of all the circumstances. You would need to personally consult an attorney to review your situation. I hope this helps at least a little.

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