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What should I do if I’m arrested?

Being arrested can be a frightening and confusing experience. It's crucial to know your rights and take the right steps to protect yourself.


Here's a guide on what to do if you're arrested:

 

1. Know Your Rights

 

Right to Remain Silent: You have the right to remain silent. You are not obligated to answer any questions beyond providing basic identification information. Clearly state, "I am invoking my right to remain silent," if you choose not to answer questions.

 

Right to an Attorney: You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be provided to you. Clearly state, "I want to speak to an attorney."

 

2. Do Not Incriminate Yourself

 

Avoid Discussing Your Case: Do not discuss the details of your case with the police or anyone else, as anything you say can be used against you in court.

 

No Consent to Searches: You have the right to refuse consent to a search of your person, vehicle, or home. Clearly state, "I do not consent to this search."

 

3. Document the Arrest

 

Note Officer Details: If possible, try to remember the names, badge numbers, and patrol car numbers of the arresting officers. This information can be useful later.

 

Record the Arrest Circumstances: Take note of the time, location, and events leading up to and during the arrest. This can help your attorney build your defense.

 

4. Contact an Attorney

 

Request a Lawyer Immediately: As soon as you are able to make a phone call, contact a lawyer. If you don't know one, ask for a public defender.

Do Not Discuss the Case Over the Phone: Jailhouse calls are recorded.

 

5. Take Care of Yourself

 

Mental and Emotional Health: Being arrested can be stressful. Seek support from trusted friends, family, or mental health professionals.

 

Conclusion

If you find yourself arrested, it's crucial to know your rights and act accordingly. Knowing your rights and seeking legal assistance are key steps in protecting yourself and ensuring a fair legal process. Always remember to exercise your right to remain silent and to request an attorney to guide you through the legal proceedings.


If you have case, contact Brinkley Law today at 317-643-1813.

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