There is no such thing as a peaceful arrest. Even if you are completely
calm and cooperative, you are going to be feeling anxious, nervous, or
upset. These emotions are understandable, as cuffs on your wrists could
ultimately mean time spent behind bars. In order to make the most out
of an unfortunate situation, you should know what to do and how to act
during and after an arrest ahead of time.
Remember These Steps After an Arrest
Cooperate: Do whatever the police officer asks of you. Any form of physical resistance
could be seen as the criminal act of resisting arrest. Even if you are
innocent of all crimes, you would then be seen as guilty of that one.
Invoke the Fifth Amendment: It is important to note that cooperation does not mean you need to divulge
information to them. When you are speaking to law enforcement, be mindful
only to give basic information about who you are but do not tell them
anything that could point to potential guilt. You may have to clearly
and concisely tell them that you are “invoking your Fifth Amendment
Call a lawyer: Perhaps more important than anything else on this list, get in contact
with a professional criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Once
you make it to the jailhouse and there is a break in the activity that
is surely going on, request a phone call. Sometimes you will only be permitted
one upfront so make certain it is to your lawyer, or a family member who
can reach them on your behalf.
Consider bail: While this is something that will not likely be handled immediately, you
should start thinking about it. You surely do not want to spend any more
time in jail than you have to, and posting bail can get you home soon.
Just be sure to follow up with all necessary court dates so you can retrieve
your bail money when all is said and done.
Step Three Bears Repeating – Call a Rochester Lawyer
The laws and litigation involved with any
criminal accusation that puts you in cuffs is sure to be more complex than it seems on the
surface. To avoid any mistakes that could lead to a harsh conviction with
penalties as severe as years in jail or thousands in fines, team up with
a Rochester criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Frank Ciardi. Call
585.531.1101 to request your
free initial consultation today.