Getting arrested is bad in the first place, but even worse is getting arrested and not knowing what to do. You have the right to an attorney at law – however, you must exercise that right if you want to help yourself. Over at Danks & Danks in Evansville, Indiana, we have criminal defense attorneys devoted to helping our clients around the clock. Contact us now for a completely free and confidential review of your case!
What To Do If You Get Arrested
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT
In high-stress situations, such as an arrest, people forget that they have a right to remain silent. You do not have any legal obligation to communicate what you were doing, or where you were going, to the police. Arrestees can politely decline to answer and exercise their right to remain silent.
POLITELY DECLINE A SEARCH
During an arrest, a police officer may frisk you to check if you’re carrying any weapons. Other than that, you have a legal right to consent against a search of your belongings. Officers usually ask for permission to search an arrestee’s belongings when they don’t have the right to a search. However, anxious arrestees often give in to the stress and see that question as a demand. If an officer searches you against your will, a timely objection to show non-consent can help in later legal proceedings.
MAKE A LOCAL PHONE CALL
All arrestees get to make a phone call after their arrest. It is pertinent to spend this call on a lawyer, or somebody that will arrange one for you. There are different rules regarding phone calls. For instance, if you’re calling a lawyer, the police cannot legally listen to your conversation. On the other hand, they can listen if you’re calling anyone else.
If you have custodial responsibility for a minor, you get 2 additional phone calls. This is so the arrestee arrange care for their child. Keep in mind that your right to phone calls must be fulfilled immediately.
If you’re arrested, you can politely decline a search of your belongings. You also get to make a local phone call to anyone of your choice. Finally and most importantly, you have the right to a criminal defense attorney that can get you out of trouble. At Danks & Danks in Evansville, Indiana, we have experienced attorneys at law, ready to bring justice to your case. Contact us now!
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