While the common phrase "snitches get stitches" is an immediately recognizable phrase, most people do not attribute this phrase to snitching on yourself. In a criminal case, you can be your own worst enemy. But do not order a hit on yourself just yet—educate yourself of your rights.
Do you remember the warnings that officers give suspects on the T.V. show C.O.P.S.? "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney . . . . " These are your rights that you have, and you can utilize them.
The key is simple. You do not have to provide answers to the officer's questions, and you can refuse to give an officer consent to search you and your posessions. If you are already under arrest and the officer questions you, you can ask for an attorney. If the officer searches your car or forces you to answer questions regardless, you may have grounds to prevent the prosecutor from using the evidence found against you.
Recently, I have received a rash of criminal cases where the defendants confess their crimes to the police officer(s). Worst, in most of these situations, the prosecutor did not have enough evidence to prosecute the defendants without the confessions. So do yourself a favor and stop the inner snitch from snitching. After all, snitches get stitches.
Today (December 1, 2016), the new overtime rule goes into effect. If you make a salary of less than $47,476.00 but were told you had fallen in one of the exemptions, such as the administrative and professional exemptions, you are now entitled to overtime. In addition, if you were considered a "highly compensated employee" but make less than $134,004.00, you are now also entitled to overtime pay.
Thus, by today, if the new overtime rules apply to you, you should already see an increase in your salary or a reduction in the hours you have to work. However, be vigilant as many employers may decide to cut your pay in order to keep paying you the same amount you previously earned. This is illegal! Other schemes employers may use include (1) forcing you to work off the clock, (2) adjusting your time working, or (3) simply stating that you cannot work overtime hours, but then turning a blind eye if you do.
For a free consultation about your overtime matter, contact me at 832.594.9771.
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