According to a June 2013 news report in Raleigh, North Carolina, a Widespread Panic show drew the attention of undercover cops and deputies, looking for illegal drugs and alcohol vendors, even before the show began.  Drug-sniffing dogs were used to check vehicles and people both within the concert venue as well as the surrounding outside area.

Widespread Panic Performs at Red Rocks

This weekend, Widespread Panic is performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.  If you believe you are about to be arrested, here are some suggestions on what to say and how to behave.

Tips for What to Say, and Not Say, to Police

Tip #1: If you are taken into custody, go quietly with the police.

Don’t try to get the crowd around you involved in helping you because that will anger the police. More than likely you will say something incriminating while you are trying to get the crowd to help you. Plus the folks around you came to hear Widespread Panic — they did not come there to riot over someone who has just been arrested.

If you are arrested, go quietly with the police, and exercise your right to remain silent.

Tip #2: If you are detained or arrested, and if you are asked to provide ID, do so.

Then shut up. You will hear questions like “Do you have drugs or weapons on your person or in your vehicle?” or, my favorite, “Would you like to give us three drug dealers in exchange for your charges?” The best answer to the latter two questions is silence. Period.

Tip #3: Don’t talk to the police when you are high.

Silence is golden, silence while messed up is platinum. As a general matter, if you have been arrested, don’t talk to the police at all. Your right to silence is only as good as your ability to keep your mouth shut.

Enjoy the music, and exercise your right to remain silent.

Shaun Kaufman Law

Colorado criminal defense attorney Shaun Kaufman specializes in Drunk Driving or DUI, including Multiple DUIs, Felony DUI, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Felony DUI, Misdemeanor DUI, Manslaughter DUI or DUI having Injury, Underage DUI and other Criminal Charges.

To contact Shaun Kaufman Law, call 303-309-0430 or fill out the contact form on the right side of this page, and Shaun will get back to you as soon as possible.