If you ever find yourself under arrest, you will probably have a lot of emotions going through your mind and body. You may be feeling scared, anxious, angry, or worried or even in disbelief. You may be confused that you were just placed under arrest, or on some level, you may have seen it coming. No matter how you are feeling, there are things you need to keep in mind if you find yourself under arrest.
- You have the right to remain silent. There are many vital parts to your Miranda Rights, but having the right to remain silent is one of the most important. You cannot get in trouble for not answering questions from a police officer. The best thing to do is to tell the officer that you choose to remain silent. However, if you are asked to identify yourself, then you must do so according to the law. It is also important to keep in mind that you should not talk to your family and friends about your case. No matter how difficult it may be, unlike your attorney, conversations with your family and friends can be used against you.
- You have the right to an attorney. Having the right to an attorney is another part of your Miranda Rights. If you have been placed under arrest, you should request an attorney immediately. Doing so will protect your right to remain silent and police officers should not ask questions after your request. You do not have to give law enforcement any excuses or explanations. Do not say anything, sign anything, or make any decisions without speaking with your attorney first. If you are unable to pay for an attorney, you have the right to a free one. Also note that if you do call an attorney, the police are not allowed to listen to your conversation.
- Do not resist arrest. Even though you may feel as if you are being treated unfairly or your rights are being violated, it is important that you do not fight, run, or argue with the police. Stay calm, remain silent, and keep your hand where law enforcement can see them. Also, do not threaten to file a complaint against law enforcement.
- As soon as you can, write down everything you remember about the incident and your arrest. When writing down this information, include the officers’ names, badge numbers, patrol care numbers, and which agency the officers were from, along with any other important information. If you can, get the contact information from anyone who witnessed the incident or your arrest. If you have been injured, get medical care and take photos of your injuries. Writing this information down will help your case and will provide the basis of a written complaint against law enforcement and their actions. It will also give your attorney the most accurate information while it is fresh in your mind.
- Follow all terms of pretrial release or bond. If you have been released on bond, you cannot violate any conditions of your bond or else you will most likely find yourself back in jail.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself under arrest. Remaining silent is the most important one, and to avoid being interrogated, request for an attorney right away. When you find yourself sitting in a jail cell, keep in mind that a bail bondsman can help you get out on bond. That’s what the staff at AAAA Discount Bail Bonds is here to do. We can help you understand your situation and any legal terms that may be confusing. Call us today at 936-539-4444 to get started on filling out your bond paperwork and getting you home to your loved ones.