The police have you handcuffed and your heart is ready to burst through. Anxiety, fear, confusion and even desperation may be overwhelming your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The last thing you want to hear is “calm down”. If anything it has the opposite effect, causing more hysteria within your mind and body. So the question is what do you do? What SHOULD you do? Whether you are arrested for DUI or an altercation, clearing your mind will seem virtually impossible, however, it is exactly what you need to do before anything else.
There are so many different types of people that are arrested every single day. Even though it may feel as though you are the only one in the world having the worst day, sadly there are thousands of arrests made on a daily basis. The best thing to do is follow some basic rules, and try to refrain from making the situation worse.
Chances Bail Bonds, located throughout Virginia in areas like Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William, has over 14 years experience in the bail bonds industry and has helped countless clients with not just bail but also finding the resources to have a fair chance in court. Chances Bail Bonds, provides bail assistance to the greater Virginia, Maryland and even DC areas. We have compiled the top 5 things to know if you should get arrested.
“I’m planning on getting arrested today.” said no one, ever! However, you may be arrested for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If your day or evening should take this unfortunate turn of events keep these 5 things to know if you are arrested in mind.
1. You have the right to remain silent…take that right!
It’s easy to convince yourself that you can somehow persuade the arresting officer that you are not guilty. You must keep in mind that your case is not decided by the officer. No matter how much you say or plead or beg, they can not decide on guilty or not guilty. You want and need to wait to talk with your lawyer. The courts and specifically juries give immense importance to “confessions” during the point of the trial. A suspect is almost NEVER released after being arrested unless they are released on bail in which case you want to contact a trusted bail bondsman in your area.
Remember you do not have to say anything to the officer. You have a right to remain silent – take advantage of it. Majority of the time, when people try to talk their way out of an arrest they end up saying something that makes their circumstance a lot worse. Stay silent and wait for your lawyer.
2. Stay put, and do not resist arrest.
You need to follow the instructions of the officer. Do not let fear take you over to the point of flight or fight. Two things that will just add more time and complications to your case. By running you are adding more charges, and if your case goes to trial, then the prosecution could possibly get a special jury instruction that is read directly to the jury. It is called “Consciousness of Guilt” which basically means that the jury is told innocent people do not run. Even more dangerous is that the officer can come to the conclusion that you have a weapon and draw their gun. The damage could be irreparable.
Even worse than running would be to resist arrest. Never touch the police at all! Your fight should be against your case, absolutely NOT the officer. Some people try to push or slap the officer’s hands away. This can become over-reported by the officer and the slight push or slap then falls under the assault statutes and now a minor misdemeanor arrest becomes a FELONY.
3. It is legal for the police to LIE.
Believe it or not it actually absolutely legal for the police to “lie” to entice you to make an admission. The truth is they are trained in the Reid Technique, which is where you lie about having fingerprints, witness, video/audio, or even DNA to get a confession.to lie to you to get the confession. In fact, police will often times separate two friends and tell one the other one told on them, and because of that lie, the other friend will turn in their friend first. If they should say any of these things to you, or even “it would be easier to talk now”, be on guard and remember it is legal for them to lie to you to get a confession. WAIT FOR YOUR LAWYER!
4. You can refuse any searches.
You do not have to allow the police to search anywhere. If they should ask, they do not have the right to search and need to have your consent. Be sure you announce to any present witnesses that “You (the police) do not have consent to search.” In the event that to do the search anyway, that evidence may be thrown out later. Even if you feel as though there is “nothing to hide’ and consent to the search, there is always the chance that they might find something you knew nothing about, for example, marijuana left by a friend or family member. There is no talking your way out of that.
Another thing to keep in mind is that police are trained to observe you and react accordingly. They are aware of the fact that you are anxious and fearful, and instinctually people look toward the areas that the DON’T want the police to search. Your best bet is to look down or straight ahead and keep your mouth closed!
5. You have the right to refuse entry into your home.
Should the police be convinced that you have committed a felony, they are going to enter regardless of your refusal because they generally will not need an arrest warrant. However, you need to make it clear to the police and state: “No you may not come in”, or “I am comfortable talking right here”, or “You need a search warrant to enter my home.” If they return, your lawyer can make arrangements for you to turn yourself in if that is required, and you will not have to spend time in jail between the hearings.
If you are arrested outside your home, the arresting officer might suggest going inside to change, talk to your spouse, get a coat, or any other reason to get inside. Once you accept the “offer” they will then bring you in and proceed to search through your home. The same goes for your vehicle. They are not “securing it” they are using any technique possible to search your property.
Hopefully, you keep these 5 things to know if you get arrested in mind should you find yourself in a less than desirable situation of arrest. Remember there is help out there, and you do not have to go into such a scary situation alone and uninformed. Keep your rights intact and reach out for help.
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