Getting arrested can be an overwhelming and downright nerve wracking experience. Individuals are scared, nervous and in the heat of the moment, can incriminate themselves without even realizing it – or intending to. Below is a list of things you should do after getting arrested (and things you should definitely avoid).
Ask For a Lawyer
Individuals have the right to an attorney after being arrested. While many people fear that hiring an attorney is an admission of guilt, speaking to law enforcement without one can be disastrous. Once you request an attorney, you should not volunteer any more information until he or she is present and can advise you on the best course of action.
Call Your Lawyer
If you already have a lawyer, it’s important to call them if you’ve been arrested. Your attorney may be able to get your bail amount reduced or eliminated altogether. An attorney can also request for a bail hearing soon after your arrest and ask that you be released on your own recognizance. This means that you’re promising to appear in court for all upcoming legal proceedings. This promise is typically done in writing.
Don’t Agree to Take Any Tests or Searches Without Consulting Your Lawyer
It’s advised that you consult with your attorney before agreeing to take any tests such as a polygraph test. In New Jersey, when a driver gets their license, they are also consenting to take a breathalyzer test if they are pulled over for suspected drunk driving. The consequences of a breath test refusal can be significant, including loss of driving privileges all together. It’s important to consult with your attorney to learn more about the consequences of any refusal.
It’s also important to consult with your attorney first before consenting to any sort of search. Law enforcement may want to search your home or property after you’ve been arrested. Like the polygraph test, consult with your attorney before agreeing to any such search.
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