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What To Do When You've Been Arrested - Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

May 30, 2018

Getting arrested is one of the most stressful experiences you can imagine. Not only are you placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police car, but you’re taken to an unfamiliar place where people have expectations of your behavior that you barely understand. Before you can call your Denver criminal lawyer to represent your legal interests, you’ll have to go through the booking process. The easier the booking process is, the more prepared you’ll be to speak to your attorney when you have the opportunity. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do once you’ve been arrested.

You Should

  • Remain silent. When you’re arrested, you’re read your Miranda rights. These rights stipulate that you’re allowed to remain silent to avoid incriminating yourself or admitting guilt to the charges against you. No matter how belligerent the officers may seem, you are under no obligation to answer their questions.  There are situations where the police will not advise you of your Miranda rights. If they don't plan to question you, this may be permissible.  However, if you volunteer something incriminating, that may still be used against you.  Quite simply...just be quiet.  If asked a question, insist on a lawyer being present during any questioning.
  • Try to stay calm. In the middle of an arrest, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Whenever possible, try to avoid panicking. The calmer you are, the more reasonable the officers are likely to be. It’s perfectly acceptable to get nervous, but take a few deep breaths and close your eyes while you’re riding in the back of the car. Try to lower your heart rate and remember that the law entitles you to the opportunity to speak with your attorney. You simply have to be patient and wait for the booking process to be over with.
  • Make a note of the officers’ names. Once you’re calmed down, try to make a mental note of the officers’ names and badge numbers. The more information you can give to your attorney, the better off you’ll be. This is particularly useful if the officers were violent towards you or hurt you in the course of the arrest.

You Shouldn’t

  • Act out. It’s easy for emotions to get the best of you when you’ve been arrested, especially if the charges against you are incorrect. However, it’s important to stay as calm and respectful towards law enforcement as possible. The more respectful you are towards the officers, the more likely they are to help expedite the booking process.
  • Allow officers in your home. If you’re surprised by law enforcement at your house, do your best to avoid letting them into your house. While the officers can arrest you at your house, they still need a warrant to search your home without probable cause. Whenever possible, keep the officers from entering your home and speaking with your family members. Step outside and let them take you into custody on the front step. If they have a warrant, your family is free to cooperate.
Don’t let an arrest keep you from living your life. Let the  Law Office of John L. Buckley help you mount a defense for your case. Their experienced legal team believes that everyone deserves fair representation. Spare yourself the stress of representing yourself. Contact our experienced legal team today. Call (303) 501-1800 to schedule a free consultation.