Whether you are innocent of any crimes or not, getting placed under arrest
and feeling those handcuffs on your wrists is going to be an upsetting
experience. The stress and excitement of the situation can leave you confused,
agitated, and generally unsure of what you are supposed to do. How you
act when under arrest can easily make or break your chances at freedom
later on, so it is important to always keep these three vital steps in mind:
Remain silent: You are probably aware of that classic line in the Miranda Rights that
says “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do
can and will be used against you in a court of law.” That isn’t
just something they say in movies and television – it is real and
needs be taken seriously. Even if you are innocent, you should probably
say as little as possible to the arresting officers to avoid any slip-ups
Do not resist: If a police officer says they are going to put you under arrest, let them.
When you resist arrest, you are automatically guilty of that crime, even
if you had not done anything illegal previously. Just stay calm, cooperate,
and remember that being arrested does not mean in any way that you will
be detained for long. Resisting arrest, however, will surely keep you
in a cell.
Call an attorney: Unless a family member absolutely
know that you have been arrested, it is best to use your one requested phone
call to contact an experienced attorney. With proper assistance and in
certain situations, a lawyer familiar with the law and litigation may
be able to get you released from the local jail within a short amount
of time so you can begin working on your defense case as soon as possible.
Stand Up for Your Rights with a Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for suspicion of any criminal act, you may be
facing severe penalties from the law that could be escalated depending
on how you acted after you were placed in handcuffs. Retain the reliable
and committed defense you deserve from Hilliard Law, P.L.
Contact our firm today to request a
free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer that has maintained a “Superb”
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of successful wins.