What Not to Do When Arrested
Being arrested is a stressful and frightening experience, but it’s important that you keep your cool and not do anything that could make your potential upcoming legal battle more difficult on yourself.
Here are some of the things you should avoid doing should you find yourself under arrest:
- Do not attempt to escape. Don’t attempt to flee officers, whether you are on your feet or in the car. All this will do is add resisting arrest charges to whatever you are about to be arrested for, and make the punishments you face more severe. The more cooperative you are, the more likely officers are to go easy on you.
- Do not attempt to explain your actions. In fact, the less you say the better. When your officers read you your Miranda Rights and tell you that you have the right to remain silent, you should exercise that right. If you have to say anything, tell officers that you will only speak to them once you have talked to your attorney. You might think you are helping yourself by explaining your actions, but you could actually be doing far more harm than good to your case.
- Do not consent to searches. If officers ask to search you, your car or your home, they likely do not have a warrant to perform the search without your permission. Never grant permission to officers for a search; this could cost you a significant amount of leverage in your case.
- Do not believe everything the police tell you. Police may mislead you to convince you to admit to something. Never take anything they tell you at face value. Wait to say anything until you have an attorney to act as your intermediary.
- Do not invite police officers inside your home. If officers have come to arrest you at your home, do not let them enter the home and do not step outside. Allowing them to enter the home effectively grants permission to search the premises, and stepping outside makes it easier for them to make an arrest. Ask the officer to see their warrant. If they do not have one, they cannot arrest you.
For more tips about behaviors to avoid when facing an arrest, consult a trusted Ohio criminal defense attorney.