What to Do After Being Arrested
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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.
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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.
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