Have You Been Busted? What you Should Do

 In Criminal Law

Unless you are a hard-core criminal, getting arrested is pretty scary. You conjure up all sorts of scenarios, and the worst thing you can do is panic.  Have you been busted? Here are some of the things you should and should not do.

1.    Keep Silent

The most important thing you should know is that the law affords you the right to remain silent whether guilty or not. You also have the right to an attorney, so maintain silence until you can talk to one. You can give the police your basic information such as name and address, and that’s it. You invoke your rights by stating that you wish to remain silent and talk to a lawyer.

The police must read your Miranda rights that inform you of your right to stay silent and your right to an attorney. They also inform you that anything you say after your arrest will be used against you in court. So, silence is your best bet.

2.    Have You Been Busted? Call Your Attorney

You have the right to make a phone call to your family, an attorney, and a bail bondsman. If you do not have the means for an attorney, the state will provide one for you.

Always have some numbers memorized if you are ever arrested. You may not have access to your cell phone, so your memory will have to serve you. Always assume the phone calls from a police station are recorded. Now is not the time to make incriminating calls.

If you need an attorney, The Slaughter Law Firm can help you navigate the complex processes every step of the way. We have expertise in criminal, personal injury, divorce cases, and so much more. For more information on what to do when and after you’re arrested, check out our website.