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Published On: Sun, Jan 7th, 2018

4 Tips to remember If You’re Arrested

Getting arrested by the police can be a very frightening prospect and staying level headed in that situation can be next to impossible. Still, the best and most useful piece of advice in that situation is to try and stay calm and don’t panic. Remember that you should be treated fairly and with respect and that there’s no reason to be afraid or attempt to resist arrest.

Apart from that, it helps to know what rights you have in this situation. For example, you have a right not to say anything when incarcerated. But if you don’t mention a key detail during questioning, the court might use that against you. You also have the right to hire an experienced criminal attorney to aid you in your case, which we strongly recommend. In fact, you should invoke this right before you say anything to the police.

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In this article, we’ll give you 4 useful tips to remember if you ever find yourself arrested.

Know Your Rights

If you are arrested, you will be taken into custody for questioning. If the authorities do not release you after the questioning, you are likely facing criminal charges. The custody officer needs to explain all your rights, which include the right to a phone call, medical assistance and the right to hire an attorney.

You are going to be asked to leave your fingerprints and a sample of your DNA as well as a mugshot taken. If you are taken into questioning you have the right to legal advice. You can either hire an attorney of your own choice or be assigned a duty solicitor by the police.

If you are charged with a crime, you might have to be retained until the hearing or released on bail.

Memorize a Few Phone Numbers

If you are arrested, it is good to know a few phone numbers of people close to you. You have a right to a phone call, which you should use to notify your closest family members. However, if they cannot be reached, you should memorize a couple of phone numbers of close friends or other family members. They might be useful to your criminal attorney or bail bondsman.

Do Not Share Details of Your Case over the Phone

If you choose to use your phone call, remember that all the calls are likely recorded and anything you share over the phone can be used against you in court. That’s why you should avoid sharing any details of the case when talking to your friends or family. You are free to share the time of arrest, what you are charged for and how much you need to get out on bail.

Don’t Share Anything with Other Inmates

Being behind bars can be scary, which is why a lot of people who are experiencing this for the first time tend to open up to other inmates. However, that could seriously hurt your case. It’s tempting to confess to a complete stranger, but the other inmates might use the information you’ve shared with them as a bargaining chip to reduce their own sentence. That is why you should only share the details of the case with your attorney and no one else.

If you’re looking for an experienced criminal attorney in San Diego, contact Monder Law Group at 424 F Street, San Diego, CA, US; 619-405-0063

Author: Lara

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