If you are stopped by police, what you do or do not do can affect if charges are brought and the severity of those charges. By taking some simple steps, you can help yourself and not make things worse.
First of all, you should not argue with police or badmouth them. If you complain, you do not want to intensify the situation. Remember ANYTHING you say or do can be used against you.
You will not want to run, touch any police officer or resist physically, even if you believe you are innocent. Any of these actions can cause a situation to escalate. You will want to keep your hands where police can see them.
If you are arrested, it is in your best interest to immediately request a lawyer. Remember, even if you think you are explaining your situation to the cops, it can harm your case. It is important to wait until you have proper legal representation.
You do have rights, even under arrest. You are not required to speak or make any statements about the incident at all. You can ask for all the officers’ names, badge numbers and business cards. If you keep this information along with the patrol car numbers.
If possible, try to find any witnesses and write down their names and phone numbers so you can call on them later if needed.
If you are injured, make sure to seek medical attention and then document the injuries. If possible, snap photos of the injuries and cause of them. Make sure to get copies of all your medical treatment files.
If you are facing any criminal charges, it is important to seek experienced counsel who can help you fight for your rights. Give us a call today and see how we can help you!