What Should I Do If I’ve Been Arrested?
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with
you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,
which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to
be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable
cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that
can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,”
it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!
As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney
present. A criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police
do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating
during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you
need us. Call now!