Throughout our lives there are some things that will be traumatic and quite possibly done on accident, which we have no control over. In particular, being arrested can be a big headache and, aside from avoiding the issue in the first place (if at all possible), there are a few things you should know about being arrested and what to do if you are.
For one, keep in mind that you do have rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is also referred to as your Miranda Rights. Under such rights, you are not required to answer any questions asked by police other than your name and address or to furnish an official identification card. This can be a state ID card, a driver’s license or a passport.
Secondly, you have the right to an attorney and can have him/her present during all questioning. This is not required, but if questions are answered, such should be done in the presence of your attorney. This ensures you, the client, are protected and represented in the best possible light. After all, you have the right to a fair trial, and having an attorney by your side allows for this to occur.
Thirdly, though you are not required to answer questions presented by law enforcement officials, they do have the ability to hold you until your attorney has negotiated your release or your bail amount has been paid. Nobody wants to sit in a jail cell, so be sure you hire an experienced attorney to negotiate on your behalf.
Lastly, if there is one thing I can suggest it’s to relax and take it easy.
There is no use stressing yourself out, and being argumentative with law enforcement officials can lead to additional charges and additional problems for you. Simply said, it’s not worth it. I hope this article has been helpful and good luck with your legal case.