In Jail? Stop Talking.

I have written this before. You have no expectation of privacy while in jail.
Every phone call you make will be monitored and there is no need to first obtain a search warrant. In fact the Supreme Court has ruled on this issue. I had a client who was incarcerated when his ex-girlfriend alleged he had beaten her. Even though there was a notice on the phone in his cell warning that conversations were monitored, he threatened her saying that if she showed up in Court and testified against him, he would kill her and her mother. Now he is facing a twenty-year felony for witness tampering rather than the original charge of domestic violence.

I also had another client, who after violating probation was sentenced to spend 60 days in jail. This client then decided he would call a local politician and try to get him to convince the judge to let him out. When I heard of this, I visited my client and convinced him that this was probably not a good idea. First, most likely the Judge would resist any pressure to change the sentence and secondly, any local politician would probably stay away from this, fearing the backlash if news of this became public.

So if you are in jail, keep your mouth shut. You will probably not convince the Judge, who put you there is the first place, to change their minds and you could end up getting yourself in even deeper trouble.