If you should ever be arrested, questions such as "what should I do" and "what should I say" will likely shoot through your mind. It is imperative that you make every effort to stay calm and collected during this time, as what you say and do immediately after an arrest can have a great impact on your overall situation. To help you stay in control of your circumstances and keep you situation from getting any worse, it is imperative that you stay informed of the arrest process and follow the following tips.
Do Not Resist
Regardless of your charges, it is never a good idea to resist arrest or attempt to flee. Police officers are armed and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect themselves. If you are belligerent with an officer, you will be seen as a threat and can expose yourself to serious injury. If you are being arrested, stay calm and cooperate with their requests. Being combative can only serve to worsen your situation.
Do Not Allow the Police to Search Anything
If the police ask to search your vehicle or home, say no! Unless you consent, an officer may only conduct a search of your property with a valid warrant. A common tactic used by police is to arrest you outside of your home and ask you if you need to re-enter your home to "freshen up" or speak to your spouse. Once they are in your home, they will begin to search the premises. To avoid this, never willingly allow a police officer to enter your home or car! If they have a warrant, ask to read the warrant and let them proceed with their search.
Do Not Tell the Police Anything
Aside from your identifying information, do not discuss your charges with the police at all! Speaking to the police can only hurt you in the long run, as anything you say and do can be used against you later in court. Police officers know this, and they will likely try to prompt you to say something incriminatory that will make the prosecution's case easier. To avoid this trap, simply state that you wish to speak to an attorney. They cannot question you after this request. Then, remain silent.
Contact Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC
If you have been arrested and charged with committing a crime, retaining the services of a powerful legal team is imperative to minimize your chances of serving serious consequences. My name is Neal Weingart, and I have successfully defended countless clients accused of various charges throughout my time as a Portland criminal defense attorney. Having defended hundreds of cases at trial, I am fully prepared to use my extensive knowledge and skills to advocate for a dismissal or reduction of your charges on your behalf. To find out more about how my firm can help, contact my office online or call me today at (503) 483-4025.