You may never imagine a situation in which the police arrest you, but many people find themselves in the back of a patrol car because an officer suspected they were driving while intoxicated.
It can be helpful to know what to do and what not to do if police do arrest you. Being prepared can help you avoid making critical mistakes that could hurt your defense.
Talking to police
A scene that often plays out on television crime shows is that of the police officer reading a suspect his or her Miranda Rights at the time of arrest. This Miranda warning informs people of their right to remain silent in the face of police questioning. You do not have to talk to police when you are under arrest; in fact, you should avoid answering questions or volunteering information. This right protects you from self-incrimination.
In addition to not speaking to police, you should avoid discussing your arrest or your case or its circumstances with anyone else, except your attorney. You may feel a temptation to express your feelings of outrage, confusion, or anger on social media, but this is another big thing you must avoid. Anything you post online can come back to haunt you and damage your defense.
Losing control or acting disrespectfully
You must be respectful at all times in your interactions with law enforcement. When you are under the heat and pressure of an arrest situation, you may feel the urge to respond or argue with the officers arresting you. However, you should remain calm and collected and refrain from shouting, using profanity or any other disrespectful displays. Being polite and cooperative certainly cannot hurt your case, and for this reason, it is in your best interest to make your best efforts to do so.
Remember, if a police officer arrests you, you are not obligated to answer questions or to offer any details regarding what happened. Follow the advice of your criminal defense attorney so that you do not inadvertently damage your case.