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We hope you never find yourself in a situation where you are wondering this, but if you do, here are some guidelines of what you do and don’t want to do.

If you are arrested, your first words and actions may majorly affect the severity of the charges you will face or how your case is presented to the court. It is crucial that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately who can help protect your freedom.

If you are arrested, the first thing you should do is to demand an attorney and otherwise say nothing. It is your constitutional right to remain silent. Police may use anything you say against you in court. This may be easier said than done.

Some police may try to use tactics to get you to talk such as threatening more serious charges, or they may take an opposite approach and may try to be friendly and joke around with you to get you to relax and give up information. The ONLY thing you should say is, “I want an attorney.”

You should stay calm and remain in control of your body language, words and emotions. Do not attempt to argue with the office or make snide comments about them. That will just escalate the situation.

Police may arrest you if you have committed a serious crime or they believe you will commit a serious crime or if they have an arrest warrant. They may also arrest you without a warrant for a lesser crime in certain circumstances.

If an officer comes to you and say they have an arrest, you have a right to see it. Check that the warrant is correct and show the right address.

If arrested, you have these rights you have the constitutional right to remain silent, the right to legal counsel. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you and the right to a lawyer present during interrogation.

Officers must respect your rights. You may not legally be required or forced by anyone to talk, answer questions or sign any papers. You have a right to an itemized list of all money and property taken from you at the time you were taken into custody. You also have a right to a reasonable number of phone calls or otherwise communicate with an attorney and a member of your family within a reasonable period of time.

If you are facing charges, it is in your best interest to speak with an Portland criminal defense lawyer immediately. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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