What to Do After an Arrest

No matter the circumstances or the criminal act in question, it is never going to be fun or relaxing to be arrested. The feel of the metal cuffs on your wrists might stress you out and all of the questions the arresting officers are going to ask you may throw you into confusion. But if you don’t forget these useful steps to follow from the moment you’re placed under arrest, you should be able to get through the entire process as painlessly as possible.

5 Tips to Remember After an Arrest

1.Silence is golden: First and foremost, you should remember your right to remain silent. If you don’t feel like saying anything to the arresting officer, you shouldn’t. It is that simple. As they say when reading your Miranda Rights, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
2.Stay calm: Just because you are placed under arrest in no way means that you are guilty, or even that you will be detained for long. Many people feel frustrated and may lash out with anger or by refusing to cooperate. In the end, all this does is slow everything down and give the police more reasonable suspicion to keep you under arrest for longer.
3.You are not anonymous: When you are taken to the county jail or police headquarters, a clerk will ask you to provide basic information, and you should. Your name, your address, and other things they can find on public record won’t be the evidence that breaks your case. If anything, refusing to tell them who you are just keeps you in a cell longer as they try to identify John or Jane Doe.
4.Insist on a phone call: Contrary to popular belief, you are actually not always entitled to make a phone call. You can, however, insist that the police make a call on your behalf, notifying the person of your choice that you have been arrested and are in county jail. In most situations, it is wisest to reach an attorney.
5.Seek legal counsel immediately: You will likely not have to tell law enforcement anything until you have retained a lawyer to defend you. From misdemeanor charges to felony cases, the scales become all the more balanced every time you use a professional to assist you after an arrest.

Get Reliable Legal Representation from a Knowledgeable Team

If you have been arrested for a criminal charge, we cannot stress the importance of step 5 enough. Our Queens criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Kevin P. O’Donnell can tackle any case and challenge any claims your arresting officer or the prosecution may use against you. With nearly 20 years of experience practicing law, Attorney O’Donnell has served as a prosecutor, giving him a unique and powerful insight to the litigation system.

Request a free case evaluation today to learn how our law firm can assist and support you after you have been arrested.

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