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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If I’m charged with a criminal offense, how do I handle my arrest?

When police arrest you for suspicion of a criminal offense, there is nothing you can do that will hurt your case (and possibly your person) more than mishandling the arrest. Here are a few tips on how to handle your arrest.

Follow police instructions. If police believe they have reasonable suspicion to arrest you, they will arrest you by any means necessary. Failing to comply with police instructions in even a minor way can cause police to label you "uncooperative," "argumentative," or other descriptions on the police report. These will be taken out of context by the prosecutor and judge or jury, and can only hurt your case. Sometimes, police may add additional charges for obstruction or resistance or contempt. In some states, disrespect of a police officer is a criminal charge that can be added to other charges. Even if you were completely innocent before, you now have additional charges to fight that may have grounds.

Remain Silent. Unlike the movies, you won't be read your rights during your arrest. Instead, it's up to you to remember what they are, including this one. Don't try to explain the situation. If your words are taken out of context even explaining your innocence can make you look guilty.

The time of your arrest is not the time to start your criminal defense. Instead, wait until you can contact an attorney to begin your defense.

If you have been charged with a crime and want an aggressive defense, please contact The Cochran Firm today.

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