When being arrested, it can be very hard for a person to think straight. Often times, this can clutter their judgment and cause them to make a number of mistakes. These mistakes can lead to the charges you face being increased. Rather than making a bad situation worse, you need to focus remaining calm throughout this stressful experience. Read below to find out about some of the mistakes you need to avoid when getting arrested.
1. When Getting Arrested Avoid Resisting
Anyone who has ever been arrested knows just how upsetting and worrisome this experience can be. The last thing you want to do is let your emotions get the better of you during your arrest. Trying to resist the officer’s attempt to put you in handcuffs can lead to a lot of additional problems. Attempting to run, hide, struggle or give a false name will usually result in a resisting arrest charge. Not only will this make getting out of the legal trouble you are in harder, it can put your life in jeopardy. Officers are trained to protect themselves and any innocent bystanders. If you are trying to be combative during an arrest, it could lead to you getting tazed or worse.
2. Remain Silent When Being Arrested
By now, everyone has heard the Miranda Warning on a television cop drama or reality series. You should know that you have the right to remain silent when being arrested. Failing to remain silent can lead to you incriminating yourself. The only thing you have to provide an officer during an arrest is your name and the insurance information on your vehicle. Answering questions about where you have been, how much you have had to drink or any other questions asked by the office is up to you. The more information you give an officer, the harder you may find it to get exonerated of the charges against you.
3. Avoid Admitting You Committed a Crime When Being Arrested
While it is only natural to want to convey your side of the story to an officer, you need to avoid admitting wrongdoing. Once you have provided an admission of guilt, it will be all downhill from there. It is up to the officers working the case to find evidence that you have committed a crime. By remaining silent, you can save yourself a lot of problems in the long run.
4. Failing to Contact a Lawyer When You Are Arrested
As soon as you are booked into a jail, you need to be on the phone with a lawyer. The longer you wait to contact a legal professional, the harder it will be for you to get out in a timely manner. A lawyer will be able to review the details of your case and the amount of your bail. If they feel the bail that has been set is not fair, they can petition the judge on your behalf to get it reduced.
5. Withholding Details About Why You Were Arrested
When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, you need to be completely honest with them. The information you give them is protected by law. Withholding details of the crimes you have committed will make it difficult for your lawyer when it comes time to build a case in your defense.
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