You’ve Been Arrested. Now What?
What you do after you are arrested is extremely important. Saying or doing the wrong thing can create obstacles for yourself that may be difficult to overcome later on. Here at Horan Law Offices, P.C., Attorneys at Law, in Phoenix, we feel it is important for you to know what to do if you are arrested because it is important to start protecting yourself immediately.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are ever arrested:
- Cooperate with police. This does not mean doing anything police tell you. Instead, cooperate with police by being polite, providing your name and any background information they ask for, and stopping there.
- Invoke your right to remain silent. Your right to remain silent is extremely important because it can protect you from incriminating yourself. Remember that anything you say to police can be used against you, so it’s best not to say anything beyond your name and other identifying information. Do not sign anything.
- Request an attorney. Do not agree to be interviewed by police without having a criminal defense lawyer present. A lawyer will understand your rights and ensure they are protected throughout the process.
Consenting To Searches
Although a search of your home, car or other property may not result in an arrest, it certainly could. If police come to your door demanding to search your property, do not let them in unless they can show proof of a search warrant.
Police may mislead you into believing they have a right to enter your property when they may not. However, if you let them in, prosecutors could argue that you consented to the search. The best way to be sure is to ask to see the search warrant.