Top 3 Ways to Get Arrested
Many people believe that it is impossible to prevent an arrest from occurring after being stopped. But in many situations, your behavior and the decisions you make greatly influence whether police arrest you. Conversely, it is important to understand that in some cases, there is simply nothing you can do — police may have sufficient evidence and reason to arrest you.
The next time you find yourself in a situation involving Ohio law enforcement, avoid the following behaviors unless you want to be cuffed and detained:
- Resisting or acting hostile toward police — If police stop and question you, you may be upset or even offended that officers are accusing you of a crime. Instinct may tell you to fight for your rights — now is not the time, however. You do not have to speak to police, but you should not act disruptive, disrespectful or resist arrest. In fact, doing so can only escalate the situation, and may even result in additional charges.
- Failing to understand your rights — How do you know if your rights are being violated if you don’t know what rights you have? Never voluntarily produce evidence that can implicate you in a criminal matter. You have the right to remain silent and should exercise it, as anything you say can be used in the case against you. Additionally, you have the right to an attorney.
- Consenting to a search — You do not have to consent to a search. The whole reason police need your consent is because lawfully, they cannot search your home without your permission or a warrant.
The criminal justice system is vast, complex and unforgiving. To navigate it successfully, you need guidance from a qualified defense lawyer. With professional help, you may be able to achieve a reduction or dismissal of the criminal charges against you.