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 & Moore, 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.