Busted? Know Your Rights!

what to do when arrested

Being arrested can be scary and confusing. Your mind might race with questions: “Why me? What are my rights? What should I do?” While arguing your innocence might seem like the natural reaction, staying calm and knowing your rights is the best first step.

Here’s the deal: the police have a specific set of rules they need to follow when making an arrest. If they mess up, your case could even get thrown out of court!

Remember, You Have Rights:

  • Stay Silent: You have the right to remain silent. This means you can keep your mouth shut and refuse to answer any questions the police ask. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so zip it until you talk to a lawyer.
  • Lawyer Up: You have the right to an attorney, regardless of whether you can afford one or not. This right kicks in as soon as you’re arrested. If you can’t pay for a lawyer, the state will provide you with one. Don’t hesitate to exercise this right!
  • Speedy Trial: You can’t be held in jail forever. The police have to bring you before a judge within 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to determine if there’s enough evidence to hold you. This is your chance to argue for your release.
  • No Force: You can’t be pressured into confessing a crime. Any statement you make needs to be freely given, without threats or intimidation. If the police try to force you to confess, stop talking and request your lawyer immediately.

What the Police Can Do:

While you have rights, the police also have certain legal powers during an arrest. Here’s what they can do:

  • Search You: The police can search you if they have a good reason to believe you’re carrying something illegal, like drugs or a weapon. However, they generally need your consent for a full search of your belongings. You have the right to refuse, but be aware they might get a warrant to search you anyway.
  • Fingerprints & Photos: They can take your fingerprints and photograph you after an arrest. This is standard procedure and helps them identify you and build their case.

Know Your Rights, Protect Yourself:

Getting arrested is a serious situation. Knowing your rights can help you stay calm and avoid making mistakes that could hurt your case later. If you’re unsure about anything, politely but firmly ask the officer to explain your rights. Remember, silence and requesting a lawyer are your best friends during an arrest.

Been Cuffed? We Can Help!

If you or someone you know gets arrested, don’t panic! Contact BBP Law’s experienced criminal defence team. We’ll fight for your rights and help you navigate the legal system. Remember, knowledge is power, and knowing your rights can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

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