Getting arrested for even a minor crime can change your life completely. The expenses, stress, missed work and criminal records are only some of the issues that come along with your arrest and charges. The sad truth is few people know their rights and the rules they can follow when they are arrested. As an attorney, I am here to guide you through the process when you find yourself in trouble.
Not many people know these rules to follow and things NOT to do if you are arrested.
Check out these tips below to help improve your situation if you are faced with trouble:
5 Things NOT to do if you are arrested:
- Talk too much:
You don’t have to say a word to the officer; this is your right to remain silent. Most times, when people speak to officers they say something that makes their situation far worse. Keep your lips sealed; there will be plenty of time to talk later and it’s better to avoid escalating any kind of situation.
- Try to escape:
Follow the officer’s instructions and do not run or walk away. If you run, not only could there be additional charges, but if the case goes to trial and jury they will most likely see you as guilty. Police are trained to be highly suspicious of any fleeing target, and may think you have a weapon or some evidence you’re trying to hide.
- Make attempts at resisting:
If the police are in the wrong, do not resist no matter what. This can end up with further implications on your part, even if you didn’t commit the crime you are accused of. If you do not resist, your chances of sorting out something later on in court will work more in your favor.
- Forget your protection of privacy:
The police are not allowed to listen in on any phone call that you make to your lawyer once you have been arrested. While the police may listen in on conversations to other individuals, they cannot listen to a conversation with your lawyer because it is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Remember this, as it is VERY important for your case.
- Make physical contact with the officer:
This should be obvious, but even pushing away their hands from you can turn into a minor assault charge. That would be assaulting an officer and any slight injury can change your minor misdemeanor arrest into a felony. Remember that they have weapons, and can use them if they are threatened. Be careful and keep your hands to yourself.
If you are arrested for a minor crime or simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, make sure you know your rights. Share with friends and family so others do not have to learn the hard way. Always remember to follow instructions, don’t resist, and seek legal guidance if you find yourself under arrest – we are just a phone call away!