If you find yourself in the backseat of a police cruiser this holiday season, don’t panic. You have every right to be stressed and anxious, but losing your head could land you in deeper trouble than you are already in. Making mistakes now can hurt your case later. The more prepared you are, the better your outcome may be should you end up going to trial. Here are five mistakes to avoid if you get arrested.
It’s not unusual for people who have been arrested to try and defend themselves. You naturally want to plead your case. This is the biggest mistake that people make. An officer will listen to anything you want to say. The police won’t tell you that what you are talking about will be used against you in court because they aren’t required to, since they aren’t technically questioning you.
Don’t make excuses for your suspected behavior. When you begin to give statements, just like making admissions, what you say can be used against you later. Do not make the mistake of trying to explain away your actions without the advice and assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The police will ask you if you want to make a statement. You think that cooperating is your best course of action. You are wrong. When you choose to cooperate with the police and submit to questioning, you can do irreparable damage to your case. Politely decline to cooperate until you have had the chance to at least contact a lawyer.
You may think that you don’t need to hire a lawyer until you are formally charged or indicted. This is not the case. You should speak to an attorney as soon as you are released from custody. An attorney will provide you with a free consultation to go over the facts of your case. With this information, a lawyer can give you advice unique to your situation.
There is not much to say here other than you do not have legal training or experience. Even a good attorney knows not to defend themselves. Don’t neglect to hire an attorney because you think you can’t afford one. Many attorneys will at least provide you with a good course of action during your initial consultation which will almost assuredly be free.
Stress and anxiety can make people do strange things. Being arrested for any crime can set anyone’s nerves on edge, but you don’t want to let your anxiety get the better of you. Follow the tips above if you find yourself arrested this holiday season.
If you are arrested and need an attorney in Orlando, call our office. A member of our team will help you set up an appointment for a free case evaluation at which time we will help you determine your best options. Call today for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.