The phrase “bucket list” entered the public consciousness sometime around 2006 or 2007 thanks, in large part, to a feature film called The Bucket List. As an irreverent play on the idiom “to kick the bucket”—which means to die—a bucket list has come to be known as a list of experiences that a person would like to have at some point in his or her lifetime. Common bucket list items include climbing a mountain, swimming with dolphins, and visiting the Statue of Liberty. Some people, however, crave something a little different—such as the elderly woman in the Netherlands whose wish was to see a jail cell from the inside.
According to various reports and the Facebook account of the police department in the Dutch town Nijmegen-Zuid, a 99-year-old woman named Annie was “arrested” last month at the request of Annie’s niece. Officers gently placed the woman in handcuffs, drove her to the police station, and locked her in a holding cell. Photos posted to Facebook show Annie beaming with delight as she proudly showed off her handcuffs, finally getting her wish to “experience a police cell from within.” The local police department called it a “day to remember,” and it is surely one that nobody involved will soon forget.
No Laughing Matter
For an aging woman who has spent nearly a century as a law-abiding citizen, her playful “arrest” was a moment of joy and respect for law enforcement. Most arrests, however, are not so light-hearted. Being arrested for a criminal offense can change your life in an instant. Depending on the charges against you, you could be facing serious criminal consequences, and a criminal conviction could follow you forever.
In many cases, the moments during and immediately after an arrest are the most crucial, as police officers often ask questions and try to gather as much information as they can in a short amount of time. If you are ever arrested, it is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible, even if you have nothing to hide. It is, unfortunately, very easy to inadvertently make an incriminating statement or provide the police with evidence that could be used against you later. Having a qualified lawyer at your side can help ensure that your rights are fully protected no matter what the charges against you may be.
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At the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, we understand that being arrested can be frightening and overwhelming, and we are prepared to help you. If you or a loved one has been taken into police custody on the suspicion that you committed a crime, your first call should be to an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney . Call 815-740-4025 and let us help you protect your future.