It could happen to anyone. One day, you might be sitting at home when there’s a knock at your door. The police are waiting outside, flashing blue lights reflecting on your home windows. They charge you with a crime and you are arrested, taken away in front of your neighbours and family. We know what you’re thinking. That would never happen to me! But don’t be too sure because it is worth remembering that an estimated one-third of people in prison right now are innocent. Now of course, there is the argument that they have simply been charged with the wrong crime. Essentially, where there’s smoke there’s fire. But it’s still a worrying statistic for anyone who prides themselves on never breaking the law.
It’s also worth considering the possibility that you could be charged with a minor crime that holds a large sentence. For instance, loving unusual things could be a crime…if you take it too far. Or, have you ever illegally watched a film or TV show online? While it’s unlikely you will receive it, that crime has a ten-year prison sentence attached to it. Recently the government in the UK have considered imposing this sentence. You can read about that on denofgeek.com. Again, it’s unlikely that a judge will sentence someone to ten years for piracy. But you could be made an example of. That’s why it’s best to know exactly how you should handle being arrested.
One of the biggest mistakes people who are being arrested make is that they start to panic. They might even fight back against their arrest, yell or run. It’s best to deal with the situation as calmly as possible. Remember, anything you do after your arrest can be used by the prosecution against you. You should not give them any more evidence that you might be guilty.
You Have The Right To Remain Silent
You have this right and we strongly suggest you use it. Remember once you have been arrested, talking to the police isn’t going to change anything. For that reason, you might as well keep your mouth shut. If you say anything that could incriminate you, you will have no defence. From the point where you are read your rights onwards, everything you say will be recorded in some form.
You Have The Right To An Attorney
Once you are arrested one of your first options will be to call an attorney. You should do this as soon as possible so that you have full legal protection. If you don’t have the number of an attorney we suggest you have a look at formerdistrictattorneys.com. Former district attorneys know the law like the back of their hand. If anyone will be able to get you off it will be these people. This is due to the fact that they’ve been on the other side. They know what arguments are going to be used to prosecute you.
Tell Your Attorney Everything
Finally, it doesn’t matter whether you are guilty or not guilty. You need to tell your attorney everything. Don’t forget that there is client confidentiality here. You can tell your lawyer you are guilty of a crime and they can not share this information with the prosecution or the court. Although they may advise you to plead guilty, they will still provide the best defence they can.