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- Kangaroo Jack: A non-legal example combined with Rule of Three when Charlie pulls a gun on Mr. Smith to save Jessie.
Smith: Have you ever held a gun before, Charlie?
Louis: Don't answer that.
Charlie: (beat) No.
Smith: Have you ever killed anyone before, Charlie?
Louis: Don't answer that.
Charlie: (beat) No.
Smith: What is it you do that makes you so brave?
Louis: Really don't answer that.
Charlie: (beat, then raises gun) I'm a hairdresser. Now drop the knife.
- A variant is done in Betrayed, when two police officers interview Zoey about the deaths and disappearances of several boys she knew from her human high school. Neferet sits in on the interrogation and continuously interrupts by insisting that Zoey not answer the questions. Given that Neferet was in no way acting as Zoey's legal advisor, was not a parent or guardian, and in fact informed the officers that all vampire students are legally emancipated (somehow), one wonders why the officers put up with her constant interruptions at all.
- The primary job of the various accountants of the old-money Lavish family in Making Money is either advising their clients of this, or performing an after-the-fact version by disclaimer (for instance, when one Lavish casually mentions the idea of poison in relation to a very unhelpful dog, her lawyer immediately chips in to say she was not referring to any particular course of action, only the existence of poisons in general). In the climactic trial scene, Anhk-Morpork's chief zombie lawyer, Mr. Slant, asks a question of the Lavishes which causes their entire legal department to object at once. Slant makes them sit back down, in unison, with a single Death Glare.
Live Action TV
- If a suspect on Bones has a lawyer, they are invariably there for the purpose of saying this. One episode where Bones was the defendant had her increasingly exasperated lawyer marvel at just how Genre Blind Bones is for someone who works with the authorities all the time (Bones proactively gave the cops quite a bit of information that, unintentionally, made her appear more guilty than if she had just sat quietly until her lawyer could arrive).
- Played with in New Tricks. The suspect is technically not entitled to a lawyer in the circumstances, but is stubbornly refusing to speak without one. They set up an elaborate charade whereby an Old-Fashioned Copper pretends to be an obstructive defense lawyer who aggravates the investigator to the point that he flies into a rage and "shoots" him, terrifying the perp into confessing.
- All the time on the The Closer. The perps never, ever listen to their lawyers unless the plot requires it. Sayeth one smart lawyer:
"I hate my job."
- Averted in an episode of The Wire (which is more realistic than most series when it comes to the bureaucratic hurdles the police have to deal with). Bunk and McNulty trick D'Angelo Barksdale into writing a letter of condolence to the family of a murdered man (hoping he'll include some incriminating information) as they wait for his Amoral Attorney to arrive. He gets there just in time, tells D'Angelo to stop writing immediately, and drags him out the door for a consultation.
- In the Prison Episode "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19) of Supernatural, this is an Averted Trope with the Winchester's public defender stopping the FBI interrogation and asking to meet with her clients alone.
- Hunter: It's Rick Hunter who does this despite being a Cowboy Cop, in an episode involving a Vigilante Man who killed a gangster who raped his wife. The man is just about to confess when Hunter says, "Stop!" then advises him of his rights, specifically the right to contact a lawyer. And the lawyer just happens to be a skilled Amoral Attorney who's frustrated Hunter in the past. Of course, a police officer advising a suspect to contact a particular lawyer would be illegal, as said lawyer points out.
- On NCIS, this is one of M. Allison Hart's tactics for annoying Gibbs during interrogations.
- Luke Cage: Mariah Dillard sends in Ben Donovan to make sure that when Candace Miller is questioned by Misty Knight, she doesn't deviate from the cover story she's being paid to provide that implicates Luke in Cottonmouth's murder. The first words out of Donovan's mouth when he enters the room mid-interrogation are "Don't say another word, Miss Miller. I'm representing you now," and, since she's not under arrest, he insists that she not answer any questions and walk out.
- The Defenders: Once again, Misty Knight has an interrogation that's interrupted by a lawyer showing up. She's in the midst of interrogating Jessica Jones, who Misty arrested after one of her leads on a case got killed, and Jessica got caught stealing evidence. This time, the interrupting lawyer is Matt Murdock, whose first words are:
Matt Murdock: Jessica Jones, stop talking.Jessica Jones: [looks at Matt, confused] Who the hell are you?Matt Murdock: My name is Matthew Murdock. I'm your attorney.