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No one wants to be arrested. We don’t wake up one morning – unless we’re truly one of the more extreme delusional types – and say to ourselves “This is the day I go to jail because I love being there!” No, it’s not something we wish for. However, we also, as humans, all make mistakes in our lives and there may come a time we require advice on what to do following an unfortunate arrest. The most important first thing to do is consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney. Forget what you’ve seen in some Lifetime films or on some TV shows -- 99.9-percent of us don’t possess the know-how to defend ourselves properly in court.

These are some vital things to keep in mind following an arrest:

  • Don’t try to convince the officer of your innocence – he or she only needs “probable cause” to believe you have committed a crime in order to arrest you.
  • Keep as quiet as possible – in all the years of criminal practice our attorneys boast, they could each count on one hand the number of times a suspect was released because of what he or she told the police after they were arrested. In other words: Don’t start babbling without the police having asked a single question.
  • Don’t give permission to search anywhere – if authorities ask, it probably means they don’t believe they have the right to search and need your consent. If bystanders hear you decline the search, whatever the police find may be excluded from evidence later. Consequently, this is also a good reason not to talk, as discussed in the previous bullet point, even if it seems all is lost when they find something incriminating.
  • If the police are searching your home or car, don’t react to the search at all and especially not to questions such as “Who does this belong to?”
  • Don’t resist arrest.
  • And, above all: Consult a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately.

Though just a sample, these are the kinds of steps that will leave as many of your rights intact as possible in the event of an arrest; the next step will be to hire an attorney to fight for your freedom. Fill out a free consultation form to begin your criminal defense today.



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