What to do if you’ve been “Busted”

 In Criminal Law, 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.


The most important thing you should know is that the law allows you 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, which inform you of your right to stay silent and an attorney. They also tell you that anything you say after your arrest will be used against you in court. So, silence is your best bet.


You have the right to call 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. Feel free to visit our website for more information on what to do when and after you’re arrested.