Being arrested for a drug crime can be a confusing and stressful experience,
especially if it is the first time you have been accused of a criminal
offense. It is important to understand that the moment you are under arrest,
your future is in jeopardy.
At Blumenthal Law Offices, our Riverside criminal defense attorneys have
more than 100 years of combined legal experience to ensure that our clients
are aggressively and effectively defended. After an arrest, we will help
navigate the complexities of the legal process and obtain the best resolution possible.
The following are five important steps to take after an arrest for a drug crime:
Remain silent – According to your Miranda rights, you have the right to remain
silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of
law, so you don’t want to say anything that may harm your defense.
Don’t say anything, except that you would like to speak to a lawyer.
Ask to speak with a lawyer – Hiring a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your
arrest may be the most effective step you can take toward avoiding conviction
and resolving your charges. If you do not have enough money to obtain
private counsel, the court will provide you with a public defender. Your
lawyer will recommend a course of action after meeting with you.
Comply with all orders – Ensure that you comply with all court orders. Remain polite and
respectful while doing whatever is asked. Failure to cooperate could make
your situation worse.
Post bail – If you are required to post bail, do so. Enlist the assistance
of a bail bond company, if necessary. The judge will set the bail at an
amount intended to guarantee that you show up for trial.
Meet with a lawyer – Your attorney can thoroughly evaluate your case, determine all
of your available legal options, identify witnesses, collect evidence,
and build an effective case strategy on your behalf. Listen to whatever
advice your lawyer provides until your case is resolved.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Riverside County,
contact us and request a no-charge consultation today.