Nobody wants to get arrested by the police, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. As long as you know your rights and a few tips, you can at least avoid making the situation worse.
Here are five pieces of advice for what to do if the police come to arrest you.
- If you suspect that you will be arrested soon, make sure you memorize the phone numbers of your defense attorney and someone at your home. If you have children, arrange for someone to take care of them for at least a day or two, if necessary.
- When the arrest happens, remember you have two important rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Tell the police you won’t answer questions and that you want to talk to your lawyer.
- Don’t try to resist arrest. This could result in further criminal charges and physical danger to yourself.
- Comply with all police orders, even if you believe they are violating your civil rights. Try to remember as much as you can, including the officers’ badge numbers, and write down what happened as soon as you can.
- You have the right to make a local phone call. If you call your lawyer, the police cannot listen into the call.
Remember, your right to an attorney includes having your lawyer present during interrogations and all court appearances. Your lawyer will advise you on dealing with the police and the charges. They will make sure the police follow the rules every step of the way. And if they do violate your rights, your attorney can call it to the court’s attention and possibly get some of the evidence against you thrown out.