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What Not to Do if You Get Arrested

Brian J Smith Aug. 20, 2018

You’ll have few worse days in your life than when you feel the handcuffs on your wrists and hear those fateful words: “You have the right to remain silent…”

You can see your freedom flying right out the window. Believe it or not, you could actually make things go south even from there. It could get much worse with just one or two bad decisions. Here are a few excellent examples of what not to do while being arrested and afterward.

Mouth off. What do you have to gain by having the last word or letting the cops know how you really feel? If your case goes to trial and a police officer takes the stand to repeat what you said under a great deal of stress, it might not look good to a jury. You need all the sympathy you can muster.

Answer police questions. Remember that right to remain silent? Take it. Refuse to answer any questions until you’ve had a chance to talk with your criminal defense attorney Las Vegas NV.

Save money by not calling a lawyer. Now that’s a savings decision that just won’t ever pay off. The sooner your criminal defense attorney can get involved, the likelier it will be that you won’t make a bad state of affairs even worse. Putting your lawyer in charge will lower your stress level considerably — and keep you out of further trouble.

Talk to anyone anywhere about your situation. You might find a sympathetic cellmate who you’re tempted to relate your misfortunes to. Or a buddy or significant other with whom you share everything. Resist the temptation. Cellmates have been known to lie under oath to negotiate better deals for themselves. And today’s friends and lovers might be out for vengeance tomorrow. Or need a bargaining chip of their own with authorities.

Give permission to search your house, car or possessions. Unless the authorities have a search warrant signed by a judge, for the most part, they can’t look for anything that’s not in plain sight. They have to ask your permission first — and you must always refuse to give it, at least until you’ve consulted your lawyer.

This “what not to do” list is a good start, but there’s a lot more you need to do — or avoid doing. That’s why you must call a Las Vegas federal criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. If you get in trouble in or near the resort city, contact Brian J. Smith, Criminal Defense Attorney.