This is a very common problem most people who have been arrested face. It’s a very stressful and scary process to get arrested. It can be just as scary when it’s not you, but your child or spouse or friend who was arrested.
I know from counseling many people who they or their loved one have been arrested that their feelings are completely valid. Very few people wake up in the morning expecting themselves or others to be arrested that day. It’s always helpful to know what to do when you or a loved one just got arrested, so here are a few things to do if that moment ever comes.
- Do your best to stay calm. Although an arrest can be a very exciting and troublesome moment, it’s important to remain calm throughout the ordeal. If it is your friend or family who have been arrested, make sure to learn which police department they are being taken to.
- Exercise your right to remain silent. When you or a loved one is arrested, anything said can and will be used against you or them in Court. If officers start to ask you any questions other than what your name, birthday, and address is, you do not have to answer. Simply say “I am not speaking without my lawyer present.”
- Call a lawyer as soon as possible. The faster you can talk to a criminal defense lawyer about the case, the faster the lawyer will be able to assist. If the case must be brought be before a judge to determine a bail amount, contacting a lawyer immediately will give her time to prepare for the hearing to ensure the best possible result.
- While waiting to resolve this case, lay low. To get the best possible result for the case, it’s very important not to get into any new trouble while the case is open. New charges will make the situation much worse.
Knowing what to expect can make a difficult situation much easier. If you would like to discuss this matter more, or would like information on how to help a loved one who was arrested please give me a call. First consultation is free!