Muhammad Bashir: “Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice”
Hip-Hop Wired sat down with attorney Muhammad Bashir, author of “Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice,” the first book to be released from Cash Money’s Cash Money Conent/Atria/Simon & Schuster book deal.
Leading the charge with Baby and Slim’s latest venture, Muhammad Bashir, ESQ breaks down the criminal justice system in layman’s terms as he delivers a How To For Dummies 101 Version of the criminal justice system.
Defintely a good read, “Raw Law” discusses “Public Pretenders (Public Defenders), improbable cause searches and what to do if caught with a CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance).
During the interview Bashir speaks candidly about the traps and ways to avoid the pitfalls of the justice system and gives rapper Juelz Santana some advice after heading to radio station Hot 97 to give an update after his arrest.
As previously reported, the Dipset MC was charged with possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a handgun without having a permit, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
In regards to Santana’s case, Bashir told Hip-Hop Wired,
“Without having a direct opinion on the facts of the case, let me say this. If I’m Juelz Santana, I’m keeping my mouth shut. I am not getting on any Hip-Hop shows [Hot 97 with Angie Martinez] or e-mailing anyone saying this is my studio. I’m not saying that I was at the studio that evening or that day. I’m not saying don’t worry fans, they rolled up on my brother or my cousin or anyone else like that and I didn’t know what was going on.
The reason why is because they tell you what they are about. Anything you say can and will be used against you. So why would you say anything especially in an era when you know they will use it against you… These are the rules but we don’t understand the rules. I don’t know if he has a publicist but tell the publisist to tell him he should keep his mouth shut.
Secondly I explain in “Raw Law” what is actual possession and what is constructive possession. My coat is somehwere in this room, it’s my coat. I don’t own this building or know anything about this room but if they [police} came in here today and decided they wanted to search coats, the fact that I don’t have the coat on me is irrevalent. I have constructive possession because I have the ability to exercise dominion and control over that coat and anything that’s found in it.
So let’s assume you go in there and they put a brick of heroin in my coat. When they open up that coat and search it and ask whose coat is this…. What do you think I’m going to say. I’m not saying anything and it may match everything I’m wearing but I’m not saying anything… because anything you say can and will be used against you.
They have an obligation to prove a case against you. You do not have an obligation to prove a case against yourself and even though I’m not a big fan of convincing Black people that they have rights… they say in the Constitution you have a right to remain silent and that you can not be compelled to give a statement against yourself so exercise it at every option.”
Straight to the point and enlightening, “Raw Law” is a must read and a first round guide if you ever get entangled with the law and need to know what your lawyer can do for you.