Getting arrested for a crime or violation of the law can be a hostile situation by nature. Whether you are being arrested for a crime you did commit, or believe you are being arrested unlawfully for a crime you had no involvement in, it’s important to know the proper behaviors to exhibit once you are in police custody.
Step 1: Remain Calm
Remembering to breathe and respond to law enforcement in a calm and respectful manner is necessary to avoiding additional charges and ensuring the best outcome for yourself. Try to remain as aware as possible of your surroundings and listen carefully to the things law enforcement officers say to you. Follow their directions and make note of any practices or requests that seem unlawful or inappropriate. Keep in mind that the arresting officer may add additional charges if you:
- Resist arrest or attempt to evade police.
- Act in a violent or threatening manner during or following your arrest.
- Cause intended damage to police property.
- Admit to your involvement in other crimes.
Step 2: Understand Your Miranda Rights
When you are arrested, the law enforcement officer is legally required to read you your Miranda Rights. These rights, in summary, are stated to inform you that:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- If you refuse to remain silent, the words you say can be used against you when you go to court.
- You have the right to hire an attorney before speaking to law officers.
- If you cannot afford the cost of your own personal attorney, the courts will appoint you with a legal professional of the state to work with you and defend your case during trial.
In addition, remember that an arrested person is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Being arrested is not a guarantee that you will be legally charged with a crime, or that you will serve a jail or prison sentence.
Step 3: Seek the Help of a Reliable Defense Attorney
Finding a lawyer that specializes in defending legal cases of the crime or violation you were arrested for provides many benefits that you may not get if you choose to use a court-appointed attorney. Legal professionals who are provided by the state handle a wide variety of cases and will often not be able to give your case the attention and legal expertise it needs to get you the best outcome.
The attorneys at Albers & Associates have many years of experience in defending criminal, drug, DUI, personal injury, and family law cases. We give each and every one of our clients the time and dedication necessary to advocate for them with the hopes of lessening the charges and penalties they have been assessed. If you have been arrested and are facing criminal charges in Towson, Frederick, Westminster, or Columbia, MD, reach out today to get your free legal consultation.