What to do if you are arrested

handcuffsSteps to Take if Arrested:

It’s a situation you never thought you would find yourself in…the police officer approaches, cuffs in hand, and you know your life is about to change. What do you do?

Step One

Stay calm, if possible.  Keep in mind that whatever is coming is not the end of the world.  You can handle this.  Many people panic and make the situation worse.  Take a quick breath, then..

Step Two

Don’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 one 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 Two

Cooperate, to an extent.  If the arrest for driving under the influence in California, you have the right not to submit to field sobriety tests.  No officer can force you to walk an imaginary line on the side of the street while counting backwards.  However, there are legal consequences to not taking a breath test.  Also, never consent to having your vehicle searched, but don’t get physically in the way of the officer if he insists on conducting an illegal search.  Don’t resist arrest.  Wait for the moment to call counsel.  Let me or someone like me fight for your rights in court.

Step Three

Dial 619-CALL-RAY for an appointment.