Our team of criminal defense lawyers have seen it all and one of the best things you can do after being arrested is to keep quiet until you are represented by a lawyer. This is especially important when it comes to stacked criminal charges on relatively minor encounters. By doing all of the right things, you’re able to drastically improve the odds of winning your criminal case.
If you find yourself being arrested, keep the following tips in mind.
Don’t Speak About the Case on the Phone
After being arrested, you’re allowed one phone call from the police station and these calls are typically recorded. When making your one phone call, keep them brie and utilize them to request bail or arrange for a lawyer. Avoid speaking about any allegations and the case on the phone.
If you speak about the case, make any admissions, or any other statements on these calls and they are recorded, copies of these calls can be ordered, and this can add additional charges to your conviction.
Don’t Make Small Talk with the Police
When going through the arrest and booking process, avoid making small talk with law enforcement, even if they’re nice. This can lull you into a false sense of security and anything you say can be turned over to the prosecutor. This can twist any innocent comments into admissions or provide additional information to piece together your charges.
Don’t Speak with Your Cellmates About Your Case
Conversations can be overheard, and cellmates can try to use anything you say about your case as a tool to help them with their cases.
Don’t Give Law Enforcement Permission to Search
Whether it’s your car, home, or yourself, never give law enforcement permission to search any of your belongings. Always request a court order before they search.
Ask for a Lawyer Immediately
If you’re asked any questions by law enforcement, simply say “I’m not answering any questions without an attorney present.” Law enforcement is legally required to stop questioning you once you’ve asked for an attorney to be present.
By doing this, you’re able to protect yourself from being coerced into an admission.
This should go without saying, but if you’re polite and cooperative while being arrested and going through the booking process, it’s more likely the police will reciprocate your respect. Getting into an argument or fighting the police can make a bad situation worse and can lead to additional criminal charges.
Does Law Enforcement Have to Read You Your Miranda Rights?
Law enforcement only has to read you your Miranda Rights if you are both in custody and they are going to question you. If you are arrested and law enforcement does not read you your Miranda Rights, your arrest won’t be thrown out. Instead, your criminal defense lawyer can file a motion to suppress any statements you made, keeping them out of court and not used at trsial.
Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
After being arrested, the best thing you can do to make sure you are best legal interests are in mind, is to hire a criminal defense lawyer. At Urbelis Law, our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers have been helping individuals reduce and eliminate their criminal charges and convictions for over 10 years. If you are facing charges, call us today at (617) 830-2188 for your free consultation.