What Should You Do If You’re Arrested in New Orleans?

Getting arrested is an experience nobody wants to go through. If it does happen to you, there are a number of things you should know in order to protect yourself, and to set yourself up for success should your case go to trial.

When getting arrested, always remain calm and cooperative with the police. Do not give the police any reason to antagonize or suspect you further. Maintain a cordial tone when answering questions, and do not swear or get worked up.

The police will likely ask you a number of questions, both at the scene of the crime and once you are taken to the station for processing. Answer only those questions necessary to get you through processing. These will mostly be personal questions about your identity.

Beyond that, it is best to ensure that your New Orleans criminal defense lawyer is present before you answer any more questions. You can refuse to answer certain questions without becoming hostile. Without raising your voice or becoming agitated, politely inform the officers that you want to see your attorney before you will answer any more questions. You are within your rights to make this request, per the Fifth Amendment.

When you are arrested, the police are required by law read you your Miranda Rights. If you’ve ever watched a cop show, you’ve probably heard the Miranda Rights a hundred times:

  1.     You have the right to remain silent.
  2.     Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3.     You have a right to an attorney.
  4.     If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

The Fifth Amendment and the Miranda Rights are designed to protect a person being arrested from acting as a witness against or further incriminating themselves.

While you have the right not to incriminate yourself, you must exercise this right. Anything and everything that happens or is said during the process of your arrest is fair game for a criminal trial. This is why it is important to have an experienced attorney present to help protect you. Your New Orleans criminal defense lawyer can assist you through all the phases of your arrest, beginning with police interrogation, and onward through your criminal defense, bail, plea bargaining, and trial.

On a similar note, during your arrest, it is important to pay close attention to everything that is happening. This information may be useful for your criminal defense down the road. The more thorough you can be the better,  so if possible write down the details of your arrest as soon as you can.

Did the police forget or forgo part of the arrest process? Did they make you uncomfortable or refuse any requests? For example, if the police failed to read you your Miranda Rights, this information could be used by your attorney to defend you in court.

A licensed, experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney is the most effective way to ensure you are protected during and after your arrest. If you have been arrested, the criminal law professionals at Bloom Legal LLC are standing by and ready to fight for you. In issues of criminal defense, time can play a key role. Contact us today to set up your free consultation.

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