Getting arrested could completely change your life and the expenses, marks on your record, missed work and stress only some of the issues that you may face. As an attorney, I am here to guide you through the process of what to do if you are arrested how to navigate this challenging situation. The truth is there are a few things you need to go about getting arrested that could help prevent more harm in the long run.
When Can You Be Arrested in Missouri?
- If a police officer has a warrant for your arrest.
- If a police officer sees you violate or try to violate the law.
- If a police officer believes you have violated the law.
What to Do If You Are Arrested
1. Never make physical contact with the officer:
Even if the officer touches you, do not push their hands away or reach out and touch them in any way. Touching an officer can turn a minor charge into a major assault charge. And any slight injury claimed by the police, even if it was an accident, can be charged with a felony. Just keep your hands to yourself.
2. Don’t Say to Much:
You don’t have to say a word to the officer when you are arrested; this is your right to remain silent. You never know what will be used against you or if you will say the wrong thing in a moment of panic. Getting arrested can be very stressful, and anxiety can lead you to talk too much. It’s best to keep your lips sealed. Remember, there will be plenty of time to talk later.
3. Don’t Resist or Escape:
It is not your right to resist arrest. If the police are wrong, do not resist. Resisting can lead to further implications even if you did not commit the original crime you were arrested for. Follow the instructions of the officer, do not run or even walk away from them. If your case goes to trial and you resisted or moved away you will more likely be seen as guilty for the crime.
4. Know Your Rights:
The police are not allowed to listen in on any phone call that you make to your lawyer once you have been arrested, this is your right. You do have a right to privacy, and while the police may listen in on conversations in general, they cannot listen to a conversation with your lawyer because the attorney-client privilege protects it. Never forget this.
Knowing what to do if you are arrested is always challenging as it’s a stressful situation. Just always remember to follow the officer’s instructions, use these tips as a guide, and contact a Missouri criminal defense attorney if you find yourself under arrest in Missouri– we are just a phone call away!