Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation.
- Don’t try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do you no good, and in your escalating attempts you might accidentally say something incriminating.
- Don’t run. It won’t work. If they have gotten this far and are placing you under arrest they already have enough information to eventually track you down, which could mean an added charge of fleeing and evading.
- Don’t stash drugs to bring with you. Thousands of people coming into jails across the country get caught with drugs on them. The introduction of contraband to a penal facility is a serious charge. Be aware you will be searched at the jail and while some people do get away with sneaking substances in, it’s uncommon. It’s not worth the risk and will only make extra work for your attorney.
- Don’t talk to the cops. When they say “everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” they are not kidding. Everything you say, no matter how innocent you might think it is, could potentially be used to hurt you later. The only words they need to hear from you are, “I want to speak with my attorney.” Otherwise remain quiet and cooperative.
Final thoughts: The place to fight your case is not in the street during the arrest. The officers are not really who you need to convince. Once they decide to arrest you, save your argument, alibis and evidence for the courtroom.