People are arrested each and every day; sometimes those arrests are justified, and sometimes they are a mistake. Either way, the same process needs to take place – there are certain procedures to follow.
If you are arrested you will be scared and possibly embarrassed too, especially if the arrest happens in public or in front of friends and family. Yet no matter what, you must remain calm at all times. Here are some tips on what to do to ensure that the matter is resolved quickly and easily, no matter what the outcome might actually be.
Even if you know you did nothing wrong, or if you are scared about being arrested, the worst thing you can do at the time of an arrest is to resist in any way. The more you do, the harder it will be for everyone, and the end result will still be the same – you are still going to be arrested.
The problem with resisting, even slightly, is that it can mean you are charged with a more serious, or additional, crime on top of the one you were being arrested for in the first place. What might have been a minor issue that would mean you were given a fine and then let go could end in being one that means time in jail because you resisted arrest. If this ever happens, just let the officers do what they need to do, and deal with everything else once you are at the station.
When you are arrested for a crime you might be tempted to speak out immediately, especially if you have done nothing wrong. However, you are well within your rights not to say anything at all – in fact, when you are arrested the police officer will read you your rights and they will say that you can stay silent if you want to.
The best course of action is to stay silent apart from giving your name and asking for your lawyer, and they should wait for your lawyer to arrive. Once they are there, they will be able to advise you on what to do and what to say. Until then, staying quiet will help you to gather your thoughts and to think about any questions asked of you.
What if you don’t have a lawyer?
Not everyone has a lawyer they can call immediately when they need one. If this is the case, don’t worry – you will still be able to have access to one. The police officers will be able to help you get one, so don’t be afraid to ask. Even if your funds won’t allow to pay for one yourself, there are still avenues that you can take to ensure you have representation once you have been arrested.
Look after yourself
Self-care once you have been arrested is always going to be important. It’s a scary thing to have happen, no matter whether you have or haven’t done anything to deserve it. It’s important to look after your own health, both mental and physical, once you have been arrested so that you can better focus on what is happening and mount a good defence.