Whether you are guilty or not, if suspicion arises and you happen to be present during an illegal activity, you may be arrested. While your first step should be to call a lawyer, we encourage you to pay attention to everything that is going on to ensure that you are treated fairly. The following information will help keep you safe when you are confused, scared and vulnerable.
Before a police officer can arrest you, you must be read your rights. You should have been given the right to remain silent, and told that anything you said could be used against you in a court of law. If a police officer fails to read you these rights, make sure to notify your attorney.
You are allowed the right to have an attorney with you once you are arrested. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer during any questioning or trial you may go through. Your rights have been violated if you weren’t given that option. If you can’t afford an attorney, the state is required to provide one for you.
Whether you committed the crime or not, you have the right to be treated humanely and fairly by the police officer that arrested you, and any others you come into contact with. There is also a specified time for how long the government can hold you before you either have to be charged with a crime or released. If that time has come and gone, make sure to tell your attorney.
Whether you were caught red-handed or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, you have the right to be treated as if you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Until you are convicted of a crime, you are considered an innocent person, even if you are being held in jail.
When you find yourself in a situation where you may be facing arrest, place your first phone call to Jube Law in order to get help. We are always in your corner.