Unless You’re Talking to Your Attorney, Everything You Say on a Jail Call Is Recorded
Video Transcribed: What should you talk about in your jail calls? Hi, my name is Ryan Cannonie. I’m an attorney in Tahlequah. And before I was on the defense side or doing private practice, I was a prosecutor for a little over seven years. And during that time, one thing that most prosecutors listen to is jail calls.
Now, a lot of times when you’re talking on the phone, and especially now that you actually have video conferencing with people, you sometimes forget that these are being recorded. Now, you shouldn’t, because the first thing it tells you is this call is being recorded.
And unless you’re talking to your attorney and even then you have to do a separate type of line so it’s not recorded. Everything’s recorded and accessible to the prosecutor. I’ve had cases both as a prosecutor where I listened to hours of jail calls and found all types of evidence I could use against people.
As a defense attorney, had the fortunate feeling of walking into the prosecutor, talk about a case, and them handing me a disc or a thumb drive. And all it is is my client doing nothing but confessing to their friends and possibly planning out new crimes that they talk about in detail on these calls.
So, when that type of situation happens, as your attorney, it’s very difficult to get things like a bond reduction or to talk about a plea offer that doesn’t include some time, either in prison or in jail, because the prosecutor’s holding a very strong hand.
So, if you ever have any questions about the criminal system, if you’re currently incarcerated and you are wanting to talk to us, then give us a call. But if you do, make sure you do on the attorney line that’s not recorded so we can actually talk about your case.