Being arrested can be a terrifying experience, especially for those who
have never had a brush with the law before. If you are ever arrested and
charged with a crime, it is highly likely that several different thoughts
and emotions will run through your mind. While it can be easy to slip
into a state of shock amidst your tumultuous circumstances, it is important
that you make an effort to remain calm and in control of your actions
to avoid worsening your situation.
If you are ever arrested, make sure you do the following:
1. Do not resist: One of the worst things a person can do is to resist an officer during
an arrest. This can not only bring additional charges, but it can greatly
increase your risk of being injured. Police officers are armed and they
are fully prepared to discharge their weapons in the event that they feel
their lives are in danger. Do not give them a reason to cause you harm!
Obey an officer’s commands and refrain from making any sudden movements.
2. Do not allow the police to conduct a search: The police are only allowed to search your vehicle or home if they have
a warrant or if they have your consent. Do not consent to any searches
without a warrant. Police officers will sometimes arrest a person outside
their home and ask them if they want to go inside to change or speak to
their spouse before heading to the police station. This is a trap! Once
they cross the threshold of your home or enter your vehicle, they have
full legal permission to search the premises. Do not under any circumstances
willingly allow an officer to enter your home or vehicle.
3. Do not say anything: It is highly likely that the police will attempt to question you once
you are in custody. Do not speak to the police at all! Law enforcement
officials understand the intricacies of the law and will likely attempt
to get you to say something that can be used against you in court. It
is imperative that you evoke your Fifth Amendment rights and refrain from
discussing your charges with the police. The only person you should speak
with regarding your case is your attorney.
4. Contact an attorney: Depending on your specific charges, you may be facing serious consequences
such as jail time and expensive fines. To protect yourself, it is imperative
that you contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible to begin building
your defense. A knowledgeable lawyer can minimize your chances of conviction
and protect your reputation.
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If you have been charged with a crime, a
Riverside criminal defense attorney from Blumenthal Law Offices can defend your freedom and advocate for a
reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf. Having earned an
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