Do's and Don'ts If You Are Arrested
for a Crime in North Carolina

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Damon Chetson Discusses What You Should and Shouldn't Do During the Arrest Process

Wake County Criminal Defense AttorneyIf a law enforcement officer has made the decision to charge you with a crime and arrest you, there's nothing you can do to reverse the process once that decision has been made. You need to be thinking about what to do next.

1) Don't make any statements. If you have been arrested, the police are required to read you your Miranda Rights before questioning you. You are under no obligation to make any statements, and you should not do so. If police attempt to question you, you should ask for a criminal lawyer. Not making statements will improve your chances to positively resolve your case.

2) Be polite. Obviously being arrested isn't fun, but the more polite and cooperative you, the better. This will expedite the process and will also signal to the officer that you are reasonable. Judges very commonly ask law enforcement during courtroom proceedings if defendant's were polite and cooperative, and this can be a make or break factor in terms of sentencing.

3) Don't talk about your case on jail phones or with other inmates. Always assume that jail conversations are being recorded. The only protected conversations are those that you have with a criminal attorney. You should also avoid discussing your case with other inmates as an inmate may be incentivized to share information about your conversations with law enforcement to better their own positions.

The key to the arrest process is not to answer questions and to ask for a Raleigh criminal lawyer as early as you are able to ensure your rights are being protected.

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