SACRAMENTO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
What should you do if you are ever arrested?
The first thing is to stay calm and obey all of the police officer’s instructions – even if you feel that you have done nothing wrong and that the arrest is unlawful. You don’t need to have actually committed a crime to be arrested; the officer needs to have only probable cause to arrest you. And the penalty for resisting arrest can be much more serious than that for the charge on which you were arrested originally.
A more practical reason for cooperating with the police officer’s instructions is that by resisting arrest, you run the risk of being seriously hurt or killed by the police officer. The place to challenge the police officer’s authority to arrest you is in a court of law, not on a street corner or in a dark alley.
After you have been arrested, volunteer nothing. The only information you should give is your personal information: name, address, telephone number, and the like. You have the right to remain silent, so use it. If the police read you your Miranda rights and then start questioning you, insist on having a criminal defense attorney present before answering any questions. Your right to have a criminal lawyer present during questioning is your best protection when you are arrested, so take advantage of it. If you can’t afford one, tell the police, and request that one be appointed for you immediately. Until you’ve talked to a lawyer, refuse all attempts by the police to ask “just a few routine questions.”
Don’t be persuaded into making a confession in return for the police officer’s promise to do everything he or she can for you. Only the district attorney’s office can make deals. Also, don’t talk to your cellmates of anyone else about the specifics of the incident. Nothing in the law prohibits the district attorney from calling your cellmates to the witness stand to testify that you admitted committing the crime, especially if your cellmate is promised a lighter sentence if he or she cooperates with the district attorney’s office.
The Law Offices of Alin Cintean provides exceptional criminal defense service in Sacramento. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional criminal defense services to any Californian who needs it. We appreciate your desire to understand what is happening in your case, and we work exhaustively on your behalf. Our criminal defense counsel is available nearly 24/7 to answer your questions. Contact us online or by telephone at (916) 441-3500.
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