History Main / OnePhoneCall

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"
29th Apr '16 5:26:20 AM JackG
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* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. In "Fall Girl", Bodie has been framed for a political assassination, and is hauled into the local nick by Special Branch. A three-way argument over this trope breaks out, with Bodie demanding his phone call (so he can tell Cowley where he is), Special Branch refusing until they have his fingerprints (which they intend to plant on the crime scene) and the desk sergeant refusing to hold Bodie incommunicado without authorization. Eventually they allow Bodie to make the call in exchange for his prints.
26th Apr '16 3:13:22 PM erforce
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* Late in ''Film/{{Scream}}'', Sidney asks Billy who he called with ''his'' one phone call from jail, and muses to him about how crafty it would've been to use it to call ''her'' in the killer's voice, thereby throwing suspicion off of himself.

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* Late in ''Film/{{Scream}}'', ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', Sidney asks Billy who he called with ''his'' one phone call from jail, and muses to him about how crafty it would've been to use it to call ''her'' in the killer's voice, thereby throwing suspicion off of himself.



* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'', Max is having a nightmare where he's being interrogated by his fellow officers to confess to the murder of his wife and daughter. His response: "Do I get my phone call?"

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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'', Max is having a nightmare where he's being interrogated by his fellow officers to confess to the murder of his wife and daughter. His response: "Do I get my phone call?"
22nd Apr '16 4:45:41 PM falcon2484
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* Late in ''Film/{{Scream}}'', Sidney asks Billy who he called with ''his'' one phone call from jail, and muses to him about how crafty it would've been to use it to call ''her'' in the killer's voice, thereby throwing suspicion off of himself.
6th Apr '16 1:58:08 PM ultimomant
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* The ''HouseofMouse'' short "Big House Mickey" has Mickey being falsely accused of theft and is told to make a call. He calls Goofy to help break him out.
* One episode of ''GravedaleHigh'' involves a court case between Max and an old woman who claims he crashed into her car. After the judge rules in favor of the woman, the class protests until all of them (except Reggie and Frankentyke) are thrown in jail for contempt of court. Max asks for his one phone call only to find out that J.P. Ghastly already used them all to sell his stocks.

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* The ''HouseofMouse'' ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short "Big House Mickey" has Mickey being falsely accused of theft and is told to make a call. He calls Goofy to help break him out.
* One episode of ''GravedaleHigh'' ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' involves a court case between Max and an old woman who claims he crashed into her car. After the judge rules in favor of the woman, the class protests until all of them (except Reggie and Frankentyke) are thrown in jail for contempt of court. Max asks for his one phone call only to find out that J.P. Ghastly already used them all to sell his stocks.



* On ''RockosModernLife'', Rocko's ''car'' makes one of these from the O-Town impound lot before being {{Prison Rape}}d by a big purple truck.

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* On ''RockosModernLife'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko's ''car'' makes one of these from the O-Town impound lot before being {{Prison Rape}}d by a big purple truck.
30th Mar '16 10:17:33 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Bobbsey Twins In Stir", Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin are all locked up in gaol for [[ItMakesSenseInContext selling forged tickets to the policeman's ball]]. They pool their change, so they can use their one phone call to contact the head of the board of education, Mr. Stone (Mr. Stone lives in the country, thus it's a toll call). Lo and behold, before they're finished counting their change Mr. Stone is brought to gaol, having also been caught selling fraudulent tickets!
28th Mar '16 4:55:10 AM JackG
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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. When he demands his one phone call, Samaritan changes the record to say he's already used it.

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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. When he killed. He demands his one the right to a phone call, but Samaritan changes has altered the record to say he's already used it.had his call.
28th Mar '16 4:53:08 AM JackG
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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. When he demands his one phone call, Samaritan changes the record to say he's already used it.
1st Jan '16 10:54:55 PM nombretomado
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* Cited on ''{{Soap}}'': when Burt is [[AlienAbduction abducted by Aliens]] as they put him in his cell he claims that he gets one phone call.

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* Cited on ''{{Soap}}'': ''Series/{{Soap}}'': when Burt is [[AlienAbduction abducted by Aliens]] as they put him in his cell he claims that he gets one phone call.
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