Criminal Defense: I've Been Arrested or Charged, What Do I Do?

Have you prepared a criminal defense? Probably not. Not many people think about what they will do if arrested.  Most people begin talking to explain their viewpoint.  Unfortunately that can be the worst to do. Often times your statements become the best evidence to use against.  Here are some important tips to think about if there is a chance you will be arrested.

1. Know Your Rights

As citizens and residents of the United State of America and the State of Michigan we all have certain constitutional rights given to us by law.  Even if being investigated of a crime or arrested.  You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. The police should also show respect and you absolutely should not be the victim of unnecessary or excessive force, or of unnecessary verbal abuse.

2. Be Respectful

Be polite to law enforcement and follow there commands immediately, but slowly.  Speak and act respectfully toward your arresting officer(s). Do not use curse words, threats display a bad attitude, as that will likely result in the officers treating you the same way. Keep in mind that Law Enforcement Officers do not know if you have a weapon or mean to harm someone. They sometimes are quick to judge or will display their own bad attitude or demeaning behavior. Nonetheless, it absolutely will not help your defense in a court of law if you are not respectful towards law enforcement.

3. Do Not Resist or Flee

It does not matter if you are innocent, never resist or flee police. Fleeing and Eluding and Resisting and Obstructing are Felony criminal offenses. These types of actions will only result in more charges and certainly not make it easier to defend the original charge for which you were investigated or arrested. This goes hand-in-hand with #2 above, Be Respectful and Do Not Resist or Flee.

4. Remain Silent

You have a fundamental constitutional right to remain silent. Please exercise this right. There will be a time and place (hopefully with an attorney) to perhaps make a statement to the police. You have a duty to identify yourself and produce identification, but other than this, DO NOT SPEAK with the police. Follow the instructions of #2 above and respectfully tell law enforcement that you are remaining silent and want to speak with an attorney. Law enforcement may lie to you, may become angry or aggressive with you, or may threaten jail time or no jail time if you speak with them. Don't be fooled, police officers are smart and are seeking information or a confession. Again, exercise your right to remain silent and respectfully refuse to answer any questions no matter what they say or how many times they try to get you to talk.

5. Contact the Law Offices of Nickolas Daniels & Associates, PLC

The sooner you retain an attorney, the better your chances will be of a successful defense. The Law Offices of Nickolas Daniels & Associates, PLC handles all types of criminal defense matters including drunk driving, drug possession, larceny and theft cases, assault and weapons charges and more. Obtain peace of mind by knowing that you have knowledgeable and experienced counsel with you to prevent you from saying anything that could be used against you. To speak with Attorney Nickolas Daniels, contact him online or by calling 586-436-3499.