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2nd Dec '16 5:12:41 AM JackG
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* ''The Hitcher'' (1986). The protagonist (who's delivering a car across the United States) is arrested on suspicion of the murders actually committed by the serial killer (the eponymous hitchhiker). He asks the police to call the car dealership to verify his story. The police do so, but hang up when no-one answers, despite protests that they should have let it ring longer.


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* In the novelisation of ''Film/SuddenImpact'', a criminal arrested by Dirty Harry keeps arrogantly demanding his phone call, but can't get through to the person he wants. As he's allowed a phone call that ''connects'', the police have to let him keep trying -- eventually he calls another member of his gang who can bail him out.
2nd Dec '16 5:04:37 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean pleads "just give me one, ''one'' phone call." The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and cuts short the call...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean pleads "just give me one, ''one'' phone call." The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and cuts short the call...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin the shapeshifters ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.
2nd Dec '16 5:03:11 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean pleads "just give me one, ''one'' phone call." The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and walks out...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean pleads "just give me one, ''one'' phone call." The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and walks out...cuts short the call...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.
2nd Dec '16 5:01:48 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean demands his phone call. The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and walks out...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean demands his pleads "just give me one, ''one'' phone call. call." The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and walks out...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.
2nd Dec '16 5:00:07 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Slash Fiction", Sam and Dean Winchester have been framed by EvilTwin shapeshifters for various spree killings. After being arrested, Dean demands his phone call. The sheriff is inclined to refuse, but holds Dean's phone up to the bars and is completely dumbfounded by the subsequent discussion with [[MissionControl Bobby Singer]] on how to kill monsters with decapitation and cleaning fluids. He decides that Dean is insane and walks out...until he sees Dean's EvilTwin ''eating'' one of his fellow officers.
31st Oct '16 12:31:54 PM BillWoods
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Search and Destroy", [[ArtificialIntelligence Samaritan]] [[EverythingIsOnline changes police records]] so the VictimOfTheWeek will be arrested, then transferred to a maximum security prison where he can be killed. He demands the right to a phone call, but Samaritan has altered the record to say he's already had his call.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
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In "Search "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS04E19 Search and Destroy", Destroy]]", [[ArtificialIntelligence Samaritan]] [[EverythingIsOnline changes police records]] so the VictimOfTheWeek will be arrested, then transferred to a maximum security prison where he can be killed. He demands the right to a phone call, but Samaritan has altered the record to say he's already had his call.call.
** Denied in "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS05E10 The Day the World Went Away]]". An FBI agent tells Finch that if he names an attorney, they'll make the call for him. Of course, the Machine prevents Finch from being taken into holding, and then calls ''him''.
18th Sep '16 11:19:17 PM CrazyLegs2
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* ''Series/MamasFamily'': When Mama is mistaken for a homeless person and arrested for vagrancy, she demands to call her family, telling the cop, "I've watched enough ''[[Series/LALaw L.A. Law]]'' to know that I'm allowed one phone call!"
19th Aug '16 4:50:54 PM Hadjorim
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Naturally, RealLife is not like this. You are not entitled to a phone call everywhere, although police are often perfectly happy to give them because people often incriminate themselves over the phone. In most jurisdictions, phone calls are privileges. The police can let you make many (if you're nice and cooperative) all the way down to ''none'' (if you're being a jerk). However, you do (in basically every country deserving the title "civilized", at any rate) have the right to an attorney at any time--and if you have an attorney on retainer/have a good-faith intent to retain a particular lawyer as your attorney for this arrest, the police (more or less) have to let you call that person enough times to get in touch and make sure that they're on their way. [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble So if you can't get a hold of anyone on the phone, it's not like you'll just have to wait until someone on the outside notices you're missing]]. That said, if you are in a situation where you think you may end up in police custody (especially if possibly facing PoliceBrutality), it's a good idea to write down numbers for your attorney(s) and/or an outside contact, possibly in code if need be, in permanent ink on an area of your body that is visible to you such as the top of your foot or inside of your calf or arm - under stress or after a beating or tasing, your memory may not work well and you most definitely won't be given your mobile phone to use your contacts list.

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Naturally, RealLife is not like this. You are not necessarily entitled to a phone call everywhere, call, although police are often perfectly happy to give them because people often incriminate themselves over the phone. In most jurisdictions, phone calls are privileges. The police can let you make many (if you're nice and cooperative) all the way down to ''none'' (if you're being a jerk). However, you do (in basically every country deserving the title "civilized", at any rate) have the right to an attorney at any time--and if you have an attorney on retainer/have a good-faith intent to retain a particular lawyer as your attorney for this arrest, the police (more more or less) less have to let you call that person enough times to get in touch and make sure that they're on their way. [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble So if you can't get a hold of anyone on the phone, it's not like you'll just have to wait until someone on the outside notices you're missing]]. That said, if you are in a situation where you think you may end up in police custody (especially if possibly facing PoliceBrutality), it's a good idea to write down numbers for your attorney(s) and/or an outside contact, possibly in code if need be, in permanent ink on an area of your body that is visible to you such as the top of your foot or inside of your calf or arm - under stress or after a beating or tasing, your memory may not work well and you most definitely won't be given your mobile phone to use your contacts list.\n
1st Jun '16 8:24:23 PM karstovich2
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Naturally, RealLife is not like this. You are not entitled to a phone call everywhere, although police are often perfectly happy to give them because people often incriminate themselves over the phone. In most jurisdictions, phone calls are privileges. The police can let you make many (if you're nice and cooperative) all the way down to ''none'' (if you're being a jerk). However, you do have the right to an attorney at any time. [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble So if you can't get a hold of anyone on the phone, it's not like you'll just have to wait until someone on the outside notices you're missing]]. That said, if you are in a situation where you think you may end up in police custody (especially if possibly facing PoliceBrutality), it's a good idea to write down numbers for your attorney(s) and/or an outside contact, possibly in code if need be, in permanent ink on an area of your body that is visible to you such as the top of your foot or inside of your calf or arm - under stress or after a beating or tasing, your memory may not work well and you most definitely won't be given your mobile phone to use your contacts list.

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Naturally, RealLife is not like this. You are not entitled to a phone call everywhere, although police are often perfectly happy to give them because people often incriminate themselves over the phone. In most jurisdictions, phone calls are privileges. The police can let you make many (if you're nice and cooperative) all the way down to ''none'' (if you're being a jerk). However, you do (in basically every country deserving the title "civilized", at any rate) have the right to an attorney at any time.time--and if you have an attorney on retainer/have a good-faith intent to retain a particular lawyer as your attorney for this arrest, the police (more or less) have to let you call that person enough times to get in touch and make sure that they're on their way. [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble So if you can't get a hold of anyone on the phone, it's not like you'll just have to wait until someone on the outside notices you're missing]]. That said, if you are in a situation where you think you may end up in police custody (especially if possibly facing PoliceBrutality), it's a good idea to write down numbers for your attorney(s) and/or an outside contact, possibly in code if need be, in permanent ink on an area of your body that is visible to you such as the top of your foot or inside of your calf or arm - under stress or after a beating or tasing, your memory may not work well and you most definitely won't be given your mobile phone to use your contacts list.
11th May '16 9:39:33 PM JackG
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->''"Freeze! You're under arrest. You have the right to the remains of a silent attorney! If you cannot afford one, ''tough noogies!'' You can make ''one'' phone call. I recommend Trixie 976-555-LOVE."''
-->-- '''Crais''', ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', "Won't Get Fooled Again"
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