What to Do & Not Do If You Get Arrested
Being arrested is devastating, but it’s crucial to keep calm and make good decisions. Police officers make arrests or take suspects into custody because they witnessed the commission of a crime or have enough evidence to believe the arrestee committed it. It may also result from a warrant that a judge has issued.
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It’s good to remember that this isn’t the end of it. Police officers don’t have the final say regarding guilt or innocence. The district attorney must prove it beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. With that in mind, the way you handle being arrested is pivotal. Remember, you need to get a good criminal defense law firm to represent you before making any decisions.
When arrested, you will be charged with at least one crime. If you act out, more charges can be added. It just makes things worse.
Avoid Additional Charges
To prevent more charges, arrestees should never:
- Don’t resist or fight back. Suspects don’t have the legal right to resist arrest. Doing so can result in Resisting Arrest or Assault Against a Police Officer charges.
- Don’t spit, cough, bleed, or otherwise try to inflict bodily fluids on an officer. These are considered hazardous materials. Intentionally trying to infect a police officer is a form of assault.
- Don’t run away. Flight to Avoid Arrest is a crime in itself.
- Don’t make threats. Credible threats from a suspected criminal are not “just an opinion” and aren’t protected by the First Amendment.
Make the Process Easier
Here are things you should do to make the situation progress without further repercussions:
- Cooperate with law enforcement. The police are usually acting within legal reach. If they did anything wrong, bring it to the attention of your attorney. He will handle it in court.
- Activate your Miranda Rights by refusing to answer questions without your lawyer’s advice.
- Immediately get an attorney to handle your case.
- Don’t talk about the case with anyone other than your lawyer. This includes making statements about the crime, implicating other people, and making accusations.
Retain a Lawyer
It’s crucial to have a retainment agreement with a qualified and trusted criminal defense attorney. You need experienced representation to handle your case. A criminal defense lawyer can:
- Review the arrest to ensure law enforcement didn’t violate your rights.
- Scrutinize the facts of the case and present the most effective defense possible.
- Represent the suspect in court,
- Continue to ascertain the state doesn’t infringe their client’s rights during the trial.
- File any applicable appeals pending the outcome of the trial.
Providing legal representation in the Austin, Texas area since 2018, Vela Law’s bilingual criminal defense lawyers have the expertise to represent defendants for DWI, drug possession, assault, and many other criminal offenses. Contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation.
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