So, you've been arrested.JBABB Law - Bail Bond
It’s easily one of the most stressful moments that you’ll encounter over the course of your life. Getting arrested, in spite of how unlikely it may sound, is a real possibility. The New York Times estimates that nearly a third of Americans will be arrested by the time they are 23, meaning that there is a huge chance that the cuffs will find your wrists at some point during your life. In spite of your heightened adrenaline levels, thinking clearly in the moment you find yourself in the back of a squad car is key. In addition to this very general advice, there are specific steps to take following your arrest, as well as a number of things that you should be expecting once the arrest occurs. On top of all of this, there are also some things you should absolutely avoid (outside of not committing a crime in the first place).
The most important thing to remember following the moment you’ve been arrested is an extension of the “stay calm” advice I gave earlier: stay quiet. By this, I mean a few different things. First off, just don’t say anything. Despite how intimidating your arresting officer may be, you aren’t obligated to say a word to him/her. They can ask you a thousand questions, but you have no obligation to answer any of them without legal representation. Anything and everything can be used against you in a court of law (as you’ve heard on every police procedural drama since Dragnet in the ‘50s.) The only thing that you should say in response to any questions is that you would like to invoke your right to remain silent and speak with an attorney. The other aspect of staying quiet is physical. Staying calm, being still, and not resisting is key to not getting yourself hurt and not earning any physical abuse from an officer.
The vast majority of police officers are well-intentioned people who will not mistreat you, but protecting yourself legally is incredibly important following your arrest. Try your best to remember names or badge numbers of any officer you encounter during the event, as well as their car number. This may not immediately protect you from mistreatment, but it will help ensure that the appropriate repercussions can take place. But again, just remember to stay calm, quiet, and respectful towards all the officers you encounter. Even if they don’t necessarily deserve it, it will only help you in the long run.
It’s also not just up to the police officers to interview witnesses. If at all possible, try and get your own take from any witnesses you can. Create a full portrait of the arrest event from both perspectives is key to a fluid court proceeding. In addition, be sure to photograph any injuries you may receive in the course of the arrest, as documentation is key.
Lastly, make sure you have an experienced attorney, and make sure the attorney is involved as soon as possible. With the internet and cell phones in every pocket, as soon as humanly possible get your legal representation involved. They understand the law and how to proceed, and it bars you from making any accidental mistakes.
In the end, your best course of action is to contact experienced and passionate legal representation, and our bail bond attorneys at JBABB fit that mold perfectly.