No, You Can’t Use a Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" Card

Playing MonopolyWhile it may be fun to imagine, the rules of the board game Monopoly do NOT actually extend into the real world. That includes the use of Chance and Community Chest cards. But in particular, the "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

This card is just no substitute for having a knowledgeable, experienced, criminal defense attorney by your side during police questioning or court proceedings. If you are arrested and charged with any criminal offense in Chicago, the first thing you should do is call a defense lawyer to represent you.

Harsh Truth: Monopoly Is Just a Game

Although a game of Monopoly may seem like it takes a lifetime, it is, in fact, just a game. You cannot buy a railroad for only a few hundred dollars, and building four houses does not give you a hotel. A man in Minnesota took his chances, however, after being arrested for a controlled-substance warrant during a traffic stop. He smiled and told the officer to check his pocket. There, the officer found a "Get Out of Jail Free" card from Monopoly. While the sheriff's deputy got a kick out of it, he still arrested the suspect.

What Should I Do If I’m Arrested?

Obviously, a Monopoly card will not get you out of jail, or help mount your defense against a criminal charge. If you have been arrested, the first thing you should do is assert your right to remain silent when asked any questions and immediately ask for a lawyer. You have the right to make a phone call to contact a lawyer, or insist on a court-appointed lawyer if you cannot afford a personal defense attorney.

Do I Really Need a Defense Lawyer?

Yes, you really need a defense lawyer after being arrested. Your lawyer can speak for you during questioning, advise you on your rights, and see that your rights are protected. Your lawyer can also contact your family while you are in jail, and make sure that anything else you need is handled properly. There is simply no replacement for an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side.

After any arrest, you need a real defense. Call us at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC right now at (312) 644-0444 to discuss your case.

Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : October 22, 2019