STEP ONE- STAY CALMIt’s difficult, but the first thing to do when you are going to be arrested is to take a breath and keep calm, if possible. Keep in mind that whatever is coming is not the end of your case, but the beginning. The police may arrest you, but once they do you are under the protection of the U.S. Constitution. The charges against you will have to proven beyond a reasonable doubt. So, take a quick breath and gather your wits.
STEP TWO- REMAIN SILENTDon’t say anything beyond your personal identifying information without the presence of an attorney . As a criminal defense attorney, I’ve spoken with hundreds of clients. Their recollection of what they have told the police is rarely what the police write in their report. And these words are often used against them. So, step two is to keep quiet. This may be difficult to do, but it’s critically important. Things that you can tell the officer- name, address and phone number. Also, the name of your attorney, if you have one.
STEP 3- GET COUNSELThe saying goes that a man who represents himself in a criminal case has a fool for a client. It’s vitally important to have an attorney who will fight for your rights.
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