Did you know that arrest records show that over ten million people get arrested in the United States each year?
Being arrested is a serious matter. Whether you are guilty of the crime you’re arrested for, or not, you still need to behave in a certain way. What you say and do may affect your case. The last thing you’ll want to do is damage your case.
So what should you do when you’re arrested?
Here’s everything you need to know about being arrested.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
One of the first things you’ll get told when you’re arrested is your Miranda Warning.
This tells you that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you do say will get taken down and could get used against you in a court of law.
It is in your best interests to wait until you’ve had the opportunity to speak with your attorney before speaking openly about the nature of your arrest warrant.
Even if you know you’re innocent and can explain your situation, it’s still best to get legal advice first.
You Have the Right to an Attorney
As part of the Miranda warning, you’ll get informed that you have the right to an attorney and that if you can’t afford one, one will get supplied to you. You should take up the option to have legal counsel and representation.
Getting legal representation can make a big difference to your case.
Don’t Resist Arrest or Attempt to Flee
Whether you’re facing an arrest search by the police or a citizen’s arrest, you’ll need to remain calm and not resist arrest. If you put up a fight or run away, this could make matters worse for you.
Similarly, you should remain fully compliant with the officer arresting you. Show them respect and you’ll avoid further charges getting added.
If you’re exercising your right to remain silent, calmly and politely instruct the arresting officer that you wish to do this and that you would like to speak to your lawyer.
The Bail Hearing
People being arrested may get given the opportunity to attend a bail hearing. Ideally, you’ll want legal representation from your attorney. The bail hearing is there to decide whether you’ll get released from jail and whether there are any conditions that need to be met in order for this to happen.
The judge will take into account your prior record. They’ll need to know whether you’re a flight risk and they’ll also take into account aspects of your character, your standing in the community, financial means, health, and family connections
Whether you get granted bail will also largely depend on the type of crime that you’re alleged to have committed. The judge will need to know if you’re a danger to the community.
In addition to this, the judge will need to know about any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Steps to Take Immediately After Being Arrested
Immediately after being arrested, you should exercise your right to have legal representation. An attorney will help you understand the nature of the crime you’re alleged to have committed and will be able to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
If you need an attorney, call the Fliszar Law Office today.