Most people do not set out with the hope of getting arrested in California, yet it happens all too commonly. This is why you should always know what to do. Even if you do not anticipate ever being arrested, take a moment to read what to do if you are arrested. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested, then you can skip the rest and get right to the most important part: contact a criminal defense attorney. You can call Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 for a free legal consultation.
Know Your Rights
Most people have heard the Miranda Rights read on TV or in the movies, but it is important to really take in what they mean and take them seriously. For example, you are not required to answer any questions from the police. Use that right and remain silent. Even if the officers try to coerce or bully you, even if they threaten you or offer a plea deal, even if they try to show that they are on your side, you are legally allowed to stay silent – and you absolutely should.
Remember that even if you are entirely innocent of a crime, the police could use your words against you. Even if you are just trying to clear something up that you feel is simple enough, they could use a minor statement to make a major case against you. Stay silent.
Talk to an Attorney
You also have the right to an attorney, and you should take advantage of this right too. It is unfortunately all too common for the police to try to delay the arrival of an attorney for someone they want to question. This is not legal. You do have the right to an attorney no matter what they say. As soon as you possibly can, call your attorney.
You will likely have to wait for your booking photo to be taken, for your fingerprints to be recorded, and for you to be searched and put into a cell. This can take some time. However, once you have been booked and processed, you should ask to call your attorney. If the police try any tactics to delay, simply repeat, “I would like to call my attorney” in response to any question they have.
Let Your Attorney Speak for You
Once your attorney is there, it is very important that you follow their instructions and that you let them speak for you. Trust that we have handled many cases just like yours. We will likely ask you to remain silent as we speak to the police on your behalf. We can tell you what questions to ask and which not to. We know the common tactics they might use to undermine your case, and we can help you avoid falling prey to them.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now for a free legal consultation.