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Steps You Need to Take if You’ve Been Arrested

April 3, 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure

If you’ve been arrested, it’s important to remain calm and take steps to protect your rights. That said, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and uncertain as to how to best protect yourself. As a result, the best thing you can do is speak with an Ann Arbor criminal defense lawyer who can defend you against your charges and protect your future. 

Have You Actually Been Arrested?

It may seem hard to believe, but it isn’t always easy to tell if you are under arrest. As a result, the very first thing you need to do is ask if you are under arrest. The police may not answer the question directly, but If you are free to leave, then you are not under arrest and you should leave immediately. If you are under arrest, the next steps you take are critical. 

Do Not Talk to the Police

You are probably familiar with the most basic of Miranda rights: the right to remain silent. However, the temptation to explain yourself can be difficult to resist, and many people will jeopardize this right by answering seemingly harmless questions. After all, many people worry that they will “look guilty” if they don’t cooperate with the police. Unfortunately, anything you say can and will be used against you, even pertaining to inconsequential details. 

The best thing you can do is politely inform the police that you do not wish to speak with them without a lawyer. You are under no legal obligation to speak with them, even if they haven’t read you your rights. Once you have retained an Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney, they can speak on your behalf and answer any questions the police may have without jeopardizing your case. 

Do Not Consent to Warrantless Searches

“Mind if we look in the trunk?” or similar requests to enter your home can undermine your case and may even result in additional charges. In general, the police cannot conduct a search without a warrant. If they are asking for your permission to look or enter anywhere, they don’t have a warrant, and you have no legal obligation to give them your permission. Instead, ask them if they have a search warrant and if you can review it. 

Ask for a Lawyer

You have a constitutional right to be represented by an attorney. Unfortunately, the police will try to deter you from speaking with a lawyer. They may even tell you that you don’t need one. They may promise that everything will be fine if you just cooperate. In other situations, it may be more subtle. For example, they may continue asking you questions even after you’ve informed them that you do not want to speak with them without a lawyer present. The bottom line is that you should refuse to cooperate in any way until you are represented by a skilled defense attorney. 

If You’ve Been Arrested, Call an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney

At ArborYpsi Law, we know how overwhelming it can be if you get arrested. Let us help you navigate the criminal justice system so that you get a fair result. Call us at 734-883-9584 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.