Getting put in handcuffs for the first time is a frightening experience, especially if you believe you are not guilty of a crime. Whether you find yourself in jail because of DUI allegations, drug crime suspicions or accusations of violence, you may have no idea what to do next.
While it is normal to experience stress and uncertainty when the police arrest you, it is vital to be mindful of every choice you make. Your actions following your arrest may directly impact whether you receive a conviction on your criminal record. Here are some mistakes to avoid that may hurt your defense.
1. Talking too much
You only need to give basic information to police officers, such as proof of your identity or insurance coverage. Other than that, you should generally remain silent. You may feel a strong temptation to convince the cops of your innocence, but this tactic usually backfires. When trying to explain your side of the story, you may say something that actually incriminates you. Do not say anything without your lawyer present.
2. Getting angry
If you find yourself behind bars, it is understandable that you will feel some anger. It is a frustrating situation, especially if the officers are acting mean toward you. However, no matter how infuriating your circumstances may be, do not lose your temper. If you raise your voice or swear at an officer, the charges against you may get worse. Leave the arguing to your defense attorney.
3. Pleading guilty immediately
You may want to plead guilty to get the situation over with as soon as possible. The police may even convince you that a guilty plea will make things easier for you. Do not do this without first exploring your options with your lawyer. While a plea bargain may work in some situations, other circumstances require a strong and vigilant defense.