Advice Every Citizen Should Follow After an Arrest
Even the most upstanding citizen could be arrested. This can be a very frightening experience for many people. It is important to maintain your composure and know how to act after being arrested. Here are some tips that you will want to follow if this ever happens to you.
Donâ€™t Resist or Protest the Proceedings
You should always cooperate when being arrested. Do not attempt to flee or resist arrest. This will only make things worse for you. It is smarter to accept that you are being arrested to avoid facing additional charges of resisting.
You also donâ€™t want to try to convince the officer that you are innocent of the charges. It is not their job to determine whether you are innocent or guilty. Trying to protest the charges may make things worse, because you could inadvertently say something that could incriminate yourself.
You also want to be careful not to argue with the officer. They often have a lot of flexibility to decide what charges to make against you. They may be able to upgrade the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony if you are disrespectful.
Avoid Helping the Officer Make their Case
While you should be polite and avoid resisting, you also want to avoid helping the officer make their case. Here are some of the things that you should avoid doing:
- Making any statements outside the presence of an attorney.
- Giving the officer permission to search your home or vehicle.
- Looking at areas that you donâ€™t want the officer searching.
Police officers can find things that could be used against you, even if you are innocent. You donâ€™t want to say anything or allow them to find anything that could be misconstrued as evidence of guilt.
Understand their Tricks to Gain Evidence
Police officers are legally allowed to deceive suspects to gather evidence against them. They tend to take advantage of this, so you will want to be on your guard. Here are some things that you will want to be on your guard against:
- Officers may lie about evidence to pressure you to talk.
- Officers may try to trick you into surrendering your Fourth Amendment rights, such as giving you permission to enter your home to make a phone call. They will need to escort you and try looking for evidence that can be used against you.
- Officers may try to discourage you from speaking with a lawyer. They often tell people that it makes them look guilty or that the law looks more favorably on people that are upfront with them.
Police officers are not necessarily your enemies, but they arenâ€™t your friends either. They have a job to do and will not always play fair to do it. It is important to be on your guard and make sure that you donâ€™t do anything that would allow them to circumvent your rights.