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How to Behave if You Get Arrested in Vegas

How to Behave if You Get Arrested in Vegas

A vacation in Vegas can be an awesome time, but if you start having too much fun, you could find yourself in a whole heap of trouble. A lot of people who visit Vegas throw caution to the wind, and engage in activities that are illegal. In fact, many people think that activities that are illegal in other areas are completely legal in Vegas. This is not the case. So, if you find yourself in trouble while you are in Vegas, and you end up getting arrested, here are some tips on how to behave so you don’t get into even more trouble.

1. Stop when Told to Stop

The last thing you want is to be in trouble, and then be in even more trouble by resisting arrest. If a police officer tells you to stop, do what they say. Keep your hands out of your pockets, and don’t make any sudden movements that could cause the police to get nervous and end up being a lot harder on you than is necessary.

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2. Don’t Give Information Until Asked

You are not required to give your name, address, and other personal information to the police until you are asked for it. Remember, this is all that you have to tell them without a lawyer present. Just be sure to not be rude with your refusal, and remember that anything you say can be used against you later in court.

3. Ask for a Warrant

If the police want to search you, your vehicle, hotel room, etc., ask if they have a warrant.

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“Do not give permission to search if they ask without a warrant, because this could really come back to haunt you later when you are in court. If you give permission, you can’t argue about it later,” says one of criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas Nick Wooldridge.

4. Answer Questions during Processing

When the police are processing you after your arrest, answer the basic questions, such as your name, address, social security number, etc. If you refuse to answer these questions, the whole process is going to be longer, and you will sit in jail a lot longer than necessary. The more cooperative you are, the smoother the whole process is going to go.

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5. Don’t Ask for Medical Help

Unless you are truly in a medical emergency situation, do not ask for medical help if you are arrested (panic attack, anxiety, etc.). Law enforcement is required to take you to a hospital, and this can mean that you will end up spending an additional day in jail to make up for the time you spend in the hospital. If you do need medication, ask if you can have someone bring it to you.

6. Don’t Antagonize Others while in Custody

You will likely be sharing a cell with others, so do your best to get along with them. These people may not be your friends, but they could end up being your best allies while you are in custody. Don’t confront anyone, get into arguments, etc. Just keep to yourself and mind your own business, and you will get through this without ending up being beaten up.

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7. Keep Conversations to a Minimum

If you are locked up with others in the same cell, unless you know them, keep the talk to a minimum. This isn’t a party, and a lot of people are going to want to simply keep to themselves. Of course, if someone should strike up a conversation with you, be polite and speak with them, but again, don’t get into a huge conversation, tell your life story, etc. Also, don’t reveal information that could get you into even more trouble if you have a snitch for a cell mate.

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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