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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."
- The Wire plays a realistic version of this when it comes to the bureaucratic hurdles the police have to deal with. Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty decide to trick D'Angelo Barksdale into writing a letter of condolence to the non-existent family of a recently murdered witnessnote (hoping he'll include some incriminating information) as they wait for Maurice Levy to arrive. He gets there just in time, tells D'Angelo to stop writing immediately, and drags him out the door.
- 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: After Mariah Dillard kills Cottonmouth in the heat of a fight, she and Shades pay off Candace Miller to provide a false story to the police implicating Luke Cage in the crime. The two of them also make sure to send in Ben Donovan, a crooked attorney on loan from Wilson Fisk and who bailed Cottonmouth out of custody when he was arrested for killing Misty Knight's partner, to make sure that Candace doesn't deviate from the cover story when Misty interrogates her. The first words out of Donovan's mouth when he enters the room mid-interrogation are:
Benjamin Donovan: Don't say another word, Miss Miller. I'm representing you now.Det. Misty Knight: Is this snake your lawyer? Candace, if you're not guilty, you'll answer my questions.Benjamin Donovan: Nice try. My client isn't under arrest, Miss Miller?Candace Miller: I'm not guilty. What else do you want to know?Benjamin Donovan: Miss Miller, don't say another word.Det. Misty Knight: We used luminol and found traces of blood in Mr. Stokes' shower, even though it had been heavily bleached.Benjamin Donovan: [to Candace] Stand up and walk out.Det. Misty Knight: It's a good thing you got this high-powered flunky. I'm about to nail your ass to the wall.Candace Miller: It was Luke Cage! [beat] After I showered, I came out to see Cornell. I still needed my paycheck. I heard loud voices and a struggle. That's when I walked out and I saw Mr. Stokes down below on the floor. Luke Cage saw me and ran away. He was wearing bright yellow gloves, like the kind he used to use when he washed dishes.Det. Misty Knight: And you're positive it was Luke Cage?Candace Miller: You would know. I saw you two at the bar together the other night. I saw you talking outside, too. May I go now?Det. Misty Knight: Candace, look me in the eye. You were too scared to go upstairs and serve Cottonmouth without Luke. Table number seven, right? And then you started sleeping with him? But you still call him "Mr. Stokes." And you can't even tell me about his private entrance! What do they have on you, huh? Is it money? How much are they paying you?Benjamin Donovan: [to Misty] This is over. We're done.
- The Defenders (pictured above): Poor Misty Knight, always being interrupted by those damn lawyers that uncooperative suspects in murder investigations magically summon out of the blue. This time around, Misty is interrogating Jessica Jones. Jessica has been arrested after a client of hers was attacked by Elektra in Jessica's apartment (and took his own life), and Misty had earlier caught Jessica stealing evidence from an apartment where the client had stockpiled explosives. As Jessica is about to tell Misty that she's walking into some "weirdass shit", the door suddenly opens and Matt Murdock walks in:
Matt Murdock: Jessica Jones, stop talking. Hi. This is over.Jessica Jones: [looks at Matt, confused] Who the hell are you?Matt Murdock: [smirks] My name is Matthew Murdock. I'm your attorney.Jessica Jones: [glances back and forth between Matt and Misty in wide-eyed disbelief]