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Getting Arrested vs Giving Information in Thailand

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing getting arrested versus giving information in Thailand. I wish I had more room in the title to clarify that further but what we are talking about here is whether or not you can have an Attorney in this context.

I am not going to delve too deep into this. To be clear as I have stated before in other videos I am not a Thai Attorney I am an American Attorney, I am the Managing Director of this firm. I am a Thai National but my qualifications and background are in American law but I do assist and manage here at the firm a number of Thai lawyers including criminal defense Attorneys who engage in this stuff quite frequently. 

Long story short, in the American context we kind of have this view that you always have a right to an Attorney when dealing with the Government and by and large that is the case. The Thai system that may not necessarily be the case because if you are viewed as simply you are required to provide information to the police in the context of Public Health and Safety, you may not have an unfettered right to an Attorney. Now if you have an attorney that may also be acting as an interpreter then in their interpreter function they may be present when dealing with giving information but a lot of folks and I have noticed this over the years, they just immediately presume that certain things that exist under one legal system are going to exist under another. Here in Thailand depending on the circumstances, let me be very clear about that, depending on the circumstances it might not be presumed that you can have an Attorney to deal with a Government Agent when providing what is considered to be probably by that person, to be necessary information under those circumstances.