This ^, extremely valid point. I'm not exactly sure if it was you Tommy but I remember forging a document to allow us entry to the big bank offices for 'renovation'. To which the police ended up leaving us to our own to make our way in. If the roleplay is good enough with situations like lifeinvader and big bank, and depending on who the officer is of course then the RP can go very well.
Burner phones would be a cool thing to have, but would not do much in terms of securing yourself, all it would take would be a little extra time to figure it out.
The sentence part is quite valid I think personally, although my character is quite criminally based (although I have fully stopped and gone legal) I was told if I had drugs on me or was caught selling, it would be instant 1440 months, I have no issue with it, it just seems quite harsh to be given that when that was also the same charge I was given for shooting someone in the head, and fleeing for 10mins.
One major change I think needs to happen like Frank said is roleplay on the crim side too, it seems that the forum posts are very based around police RP, where crims (not everyone of course) will bring across some terrible RP, then an officer do something questionable or not the best (again, not everyone) and then the whining / complaints come in, of course ideally everyone should be trying to bring across roleplay that is fun for everyone, but in order for it to truly work it needs to be a collective act.