Keep This Rule in Mind if You Ever Get Arrested

If the police place you under arrest, different feelings and emotions can try to overwhelm you. You might feel confused, angry, or afraid as they read you your rights. You may not know what to do when you’re arrested, and these emotions can cause you to make a grave error if you don’t remain calm.. Despite these feelings, it is important to remain silent and exercise your right to an attorney. The police will tell you that “anything you say can and will be used against you in court.” So you should not say anything until your attorney arrives.

Here are other basic rules to keep in mind during the ordeal of an arrest:

1. Speak only to your attorney

As mentioned, this is the number one basic rule. Regardless of whether you were expecting the arrest or you are in shock and disbelief. When you speak, let it be to invoke your rights to a lawyer. It is not a crime to remain silent; on the contrary, it is your legal right. Therefore the police can not punish you for not answering their questions. If they require you to identify yourself, giving your full name is enough. In addition to not speaking to the police, do not speak with friends and family about the incident too. This can also be used against you. The only person you speak with about the case is your attorney.

2. Never resist the arrest

Resisting an arrest can get you in more trouble. No matter how unfair you believe it is, do not run away or try to fight the police. Do not exchange words with them also. Do not threaten them with filing a complaint. Be calm, say nothing except to request a lawyer, and let your hands be where the police can see them.

3. Be silent about questions unrelated to the case

No matter what the question is, do not answer them without your lawyer present. Even if you believe it is unrelated to the case, do not answer. The police may ask you to sign a waiver, which takes away your right to be silent. Signing the waiver means you have to answer their questions. It is not advisable to do so. If you are an immigrant, the police have no right to question you about your immigration status. If an immigration office requests your papers, you can show it to them. If you do not have these papers with you, you can use your rights to remain silent.

4. Keep to all terms of bail

Once you are released on bail, remember and keep to the terms of this release. Violating them can land you in jail. If there are any restraining or other protective orders involved, ensure to abide by these. The terms state that you can not leave the province do not leave for any reason, no matter how important you feel it is. Regardless of the reason, violating the bail terms and conditions might only bring you more trouble.