People are arrested on a daily basis. Some are arrested for violent crimes such as murder and rape. Others are arrested for minor crimes such as protesting, loitering, theft or trespassing.
If a person has never been arrested before and gets arrested unexpectedly, they may not know how to act. Nobody wants to be arrested, but it happens, and when it does, it is helpful to know what to do and what not to do so you don’t make the situation worse. It’s also a good idea to know your legal rights so you do not feel pressured by police.
What to Do
- Be polite and respectful. This can be difficult, particularly if you are innocent of a crime, but if you are rude and nasty to a police officer, they will be nasty right back to you. If you are nice, the police will move you through the process faster. If you are mean, they can cause delays and all sorts of problems.
- Know your legal rights. Do not volunteer information. When you are arrested, the police officer will tell you that you have the right to remain silent. Take advantage of that opportunity. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You do not even have to answer any questions. Instead, ask to have a lawyer present. Also, do not consent to a search. If you are asked by a police officer to search you or your belongings, you have the right to decline.
- Be pleasant in jail. If you end up in a jail cell with others, be friendly. Share your food. Having friends in jail can help you in many ways. They can protect you and provide you with important information.
What Not to Do
- Do not claim to need medical attention. Unless your life is at risk, do not ask to go to the hospital. This will only delay the process, as you will have to stay in jail longer.
- Do not resist arrest. If you are arrested, be calm. If you resist, you will face more serious charges.
- Do not call your boss from jail. If you are unable to come into work because you are in jail, try to have a friend or lawyer set up a phone call to your boss. It will be awkward if your boss finds out you called from jail.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Being arrested is not anyone’s idea of fun, but by understanding the law and proper etiquette, you can possibly avoid jail or at least get your charges and penalties reduced. It is a good idea to be prepared should this type of situation occur.
After an arrest, your first step should be to seek legal help. Ask police to call a lawyer and then contact The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. Our Columbia criminal lawyers can advise you of what to do and what options are available to you. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987. We have two offices in Maryland to serve you.