What to Do if You Are Arrested

What to Do if You Are ArrestedWhile few people ever plan for their arrest, it is still important to know what to do if you are arrested by law enforcement. What you do during and after an arrest can have a huge impact on your case. Even answering questions that, at first, may seem benign may end up causing problems for you later. Most importantly, those under arrest should remember to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Being Questioned

Aside from being arrested, you may also be stopped and questioned by police. It is crucial that you stay calm and do not argue or resist and make sure to keep your hands where the police can see them. If you are stopped in public in Illinois you are not required to give the police your name, but giving a false name is against the law. Being stopped for questioning is not the same as being arrested. You can always ask if you are free to leave, and, if you are, you can walk away. You also do not have to consent to be searched if you are asked. Ultimately, the safest answer is always asking to speak to an attorney, even if you just are being questioned.

If You Are Arrested

Whether the police have a warrant or not, they may decide to arrest you with or without talking to you first. If you feel that the arrest is justified or not, you must cooperate with the police and do what they say, apart from answering any questions or saying anything. You have the right to remain silent and you should take advantage of this right. You also have a right to an attorney. You should memorize the number of your attorney so you can call them if you are arrested. When you are on the phone with family members or your attorney from jail, do not say anything about the case, since the phone may be being monitored by the police.

Contact Naperville, Illinois Criminal Defense Attorneys As Soon As Possible After an Arrest

Whether you are arrested or just being questioned, you should have a knowledgeable defense attorney on your side to protect your rights and freedom. Our passionate Naperville criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC can advise you to make sure you do not do anything against your best interests.

Sources:
http://www.aclu-il.org/aclu-report-what-should-i-do-if-police-stop-or-arrest-me/
https://www.isba.org/sites/default/files/publications/pamphlets/Arrested.pdf

 

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