Tips on How to Handle an Arrest

If you’ve been arrested, you probably didn’t see it coming. Because criminal arrests are usually unexpected, few people are prepared to deal with them. Any defendant can take a few basics steps to avoid making costly mistakes, but few are aware of them.

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Avoid Critical Mistakes During Your Arrest

Many mistakes that are commonly made before, during and after arrests often prove to be devastating to defendants’ criminal defense. These unfortunate mistakes may have a negative impact on the criminal defense, and could even also bring more criminal charges. To avoid causing harm to your case, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Cooperate with Police

In most states, running from or dodging the police prior to an arrest may lead to additional criminal charges. Physically resisting arrest can also cause more problems for the defendant.

In some cases, simply not complying with police may be itself a charge. Refusing to take a breathalyzer during a DUI stop, for example, can be used as evidence against you and may result in severe penalties.

It is a good idea to go quietly with police during your arrest. When criminal defendants attempt to talk their way out of an arrest, the officer might not listen and may note that the defendant was argumentative on the arrest report.

When a negative note is made on an arrest report, it can be harm the way a judge, jury, prosecutor, probation officer or other officials view the defendant.

  • Remember Your Right to Remain Silent

The more talking that the defendant does during an arrest, the more likely something will be said that can be used against him or her. Many people mistakenly believe if they simply explain the situation to the officer, they will be able to avoid arrest. This can backfire and damage the criminal defense case when these statements are used against a defendant at trial.

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After An Arrest

After being arrested, the first thing on anyone’s mind is how to quickly get out of jail. Generally a defendant will not have to remain in jail until the trial if he or she is able to post bail or secure a bond for release.

Get Help From A Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested, Total Criminal Defense can help connect you with a criminal defense lawyer who can evaluate your case and give you advice about possible next steps.

Give us a call toll free at 1 (877) 445-1059 or fill out our free criminal case evaluation. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a local lawyer today.

The above summary is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information on handling an arrest, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.