Finding oneself being placed under arrest can be an overwhelming experience. In the heat of the moment, it may be difficult to think straight, but understanding your legal rights and reacting appropriately when placed under arrest can make a huge difference in the outcome of any criminal defense case. Should you find yourself under arrest, one of the most important things to remember is to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help. Call 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.
If someone is being placed under arrest, the situation is already precarious. Any anger or rash behavior could escalate an already tense situation, which could lead to unanticipated outcomes. Remaining calm and collected can make any situation less tense.
Be polite and courteous
Being rude and offensive to arresting police officers is another way to unnecessarily elevate the risk of retaliation. Being rude could be construed as resisting arrest and could lead to negative outcomes. Even if you are wrongly being arrested, being polite and following all orders preserves potential legal remedies in the future.
Do not answer any questions asked of you until a lawyer is present. Speaking to the police or answering questions without a lawyer can cause significant damage to a legal defense. The 5th Amendment protects against self-incrimination. Before speaking to police about your arrest, request that a lawyer is present.
Contact or request a qualified criminal defense attorney
A defense attorney can help you preserve your rights, argue on your behalf, and provide advice as to your best legal options. Attorneys can negotiate with police, prosecutors, and judges about bail, pleas, and sentencing.