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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 January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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