If you are ever arrested, there are some common sense “Do’s and Don’ts” to remember. It is not a pleasant experience, but you will get through it ok with a little patience.
-Provide your name, address, date of birth and politely let them know you are invoking your 4th Amendment right to remain silent. Then REMAIN QUIET.
-Request that your family or friend that is present take vehicle or personal items into their possession.
-Provide your Driver’s License.
-Stay alert on your ride to the jail (you are likely be video taped).
-Have your lawyer present whenever you are questioned.
-When they ask you to sign your property slip, read it to make sure what is on it.
-Do not resist arrest (likely to add additional charges).
-Don’t let your friends or family argue or become combative with the police. (It could reflect upon your case).
-Do not try and explain your side to the officer (not likely to help and may hurt your defense).
-Get the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene.
-Do not give them permission to search. If there are witnesses express your refusal loud enough for the witnesses to hear.
-If the police are searching, do not assist them in the search.
-Do not allow police to enter your vehicle or home, even if it is to retrieve items such as your clothes or personal items (they will naturally search any area you allow them into).
-Do not talk about your case with your family and friends while you are in jail (assume your conversations are being monitored).
-Do not talk with other inmates about your case (you don’t know who they really are).
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