What To Do After Being Arrested
For many people, being arrested is one of the most overwhelming and frightening
situations they'll ever have to deal with. They typically have many
questions about the process that lies ahead of them, and are often unsure
of the first steps to take. It is for this reason that it is crucial to
retain a skilled Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney early in the process.
I am Attorney Christian Samuelson, my firm is committed to providing clients
with the aggressive, high-quality representation that they need during
this trying time. Below are five of the most important things to be aware
of if you have a run-in with the law.
Arrested in Colorado Springs? Contact my firm today for a
free case evaluation.
Comply With the Arrest
It's critical to avoid any behavior that can be construed as resisting
arrest. Many people try to push or swat away the hands of an arresting
officer, but such an act can easily be over-reported by police. This can
raise the stakes of your case significantly, and lead to penalties even
if you're found guilty of the initial charges. Try to be respectful
and polite, but use your right to remain silent!
Take Mental Notes
Being arrested can be an extremely frightening and stressful experience,
making it difficult for many people to remember details of the arrest.
However, this information can often be very helpful for your Colorado Springs
criminal defense attorney when preparing your case. Try your best to stay calm and focus
on remembering as much as you can about your arrest.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
The arresting officer is not the judge, not the jury, and not your lawyer.
In other words, there's no point in trying to prove to them that you
are innocent. If they are making an arrest, it's because they think
you're guilty – nothing you say at this point will convince
them otherwise. Law enforcement may lie to get you to talk, but stay silent
until your Colorado Springs criminal lawyer arrives.
Ask For Your Lawyer
The only time it's a good idea to talk to police after being arrested
is when asking for your lawyer. You have a legal right to a lawyer –
don't let police try to convince you that things will be easier if
you cooperate with them. Your attorney will be able to protect your rights,
and can help prevent you from incriminating yourself. In many cases, they
can also help you get released from jail faster than a bail bond agent.
Stay Away From Social Media
Welcome to the digital age. Nowadays, prosecutors are using Twitter and
Facebook posts from defendants to help prove guilt in various criminal
cases. In one recent case, an Oregon teen was driving drunk and caused
a hit and run collision. He then confessed to hitting the other car on
Facebook, and was promptly arrested by police investigating the crash.
Contact My Firm Today for Tough Defense
The information above includes just some of the actions to take following
an arrest, but it does serve to underscore the importance of choosing
high-quality representation. It's critical to move quickly to protect
your legal rights; failure to do so can leave you in a bad position, wondering
where to turn next.
When you choose my firm to represent you, you can trust that you have a
lawyer on your side who will keep you informed at all times, and will
guide you step-by-step through the process. At the Samuelson Law Firm,
I understand how overwhelming the stress and uncertainty of an arrest
can be, and I work hard to alleviate this stress for my clients.
Don't hesitate to secure the tough advocacy you need. Call my firm
today at (719) 941-1127.