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I've Been Arrested! What Should I Do?

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.

Facing Charges? Contact Blumenthal & Moore

If you have been charged with a crime, a Riverside criminal defense attorney from Blumenthal & Moore can defend your freedom and advocate for a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf. Having earned an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and a Super Lawyers® distinction for our trial-tested advocacy, we can provide the results-driven defense you need to help you get through this difficult time.

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