Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What to Do If You’re Arrested

Being arrested is a frightening and stressful experience, but there are certain steps a person can take to help protect their rights and interests. 
If you are arrested, remember the following tips:

Try to stay calm.
Listen to the officers’ instructions and do as they say. If you escalate the situation in any way, it will only make things worse for you.

Don’t try to run away.
Even if you are innocent, running from the police will make you appear guilty, and the prosecutor may try to use this behavior as evidence of your guilt during trial.

Don’t resist arrest.
If you fight the officers or lay a hand on them in any way, you will likely face additional charges for resisting arrest or battery on a police officer.

Don’t talk to the police.
Beyond giving the officers your name, you are not required to answer any of their questions. Tell them that you wish to exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. It is important to understand that anything you say to the officers can be used as evidence in court. It is also crucial to know that law enforcement is allowed to lie to suspects in an attempt to gain evidence, so it is best that you stay quiet.

Ask for a lawyer.
After telling the officers your name, the only thing you should say to them is that you want a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, the state will provide you with one. Don’t answer any questions or discuss any aspect of the case with anyone until you speak with your lawyer.

Do not lie.
Attempting to confuse the police by lying about who you are, giving false documents, etc., will not work; eventually they will determine the truth, and you could face additional consequences.

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