Being arrested for having allegedly committed a crime is one of the most frightening experiences a person can undergo. Whether innocent, partially guilty, or completely guilt ridden, you will want to act in a cautious manner. The purpose of this blog is to prepare you for any potential arrest and help you know how to best respond. Here are some things you should take into account if you are facing arrest:
- Do not resist arrest - The police officer believes that they have valid reason to arrest you. Your best action is to stay calm and remain courteous toward the officer. You can face a much harsher sentence if you resist arrest.
- Remember & protect your rights – You have the right to remain silent and not to provide incriminating information to the police officer. You should first speak with your lawyer before talking to the officer. You also cannot be forced to provide any written statement. A judge is the only party who can force you to answer questions.
- Do not allow the officer to search – If the police officer asks to search your vehicle or home, you do not have to give consent. Make sure that you proclaim that they do not have consent to search. If you do consent to a search, the officer may find something that can be used against you in a court of law.
- Get legal representation – Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Our firm can advise you of your rights and help you know what your next move should be. We can also do the talking for you so you avoid incriminating yourself.
At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we want to help you know and protect your rights so that they can be respected. Call us today to get the legal protection you need!