3 Steps to remember if you’re being Arrested

An arrest can be a terrifying experience for anyone. However, it is important to stay calm and act smart.

When a person is being arrested, the arresting officer has the obligation to recite to the arrested person what is known as his Miranda Rights, and even if the officer does not let him know of these rights, it is important that you know you have them. In short these rights are; the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney represent you in court. These rights are designed to protect people accused of a crime of self-incrimination.

However, it is very common that when a person is being accused of a crime or is being arrested, the police intimidate them to get information, or with the same confusion and fear of the moment, they accidentally say something that is not in their interest. That is why it’s always advisable to remain silent, even if you are innocent, the officers can take a statement and use it against you.

Likewise, you have the right to refuse any search of your home, your vehicle or your person (a blood or breath test for example). Officers must present you with a warrant signed by a judge to conduct these searches without your authorization or consent. Otherwise, it is advisable to refuse this type of search.

And finally, it is just as important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you already know that the police are looking for you or you have already been arrested, do not let time pass. You need aggressive representation in court to make sure you don’t have jail time, fines, or damage your record. If you or a family member has been arrested, contact us immediately for a free consultation with our team of experts at Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC.