Many people are unaware of what to expect when they are questioned by the police after being detained. They often make common mistakes that could potentially hurt their case down the line, even if they’re not guilty. The Cochran Firm wants you to be prepared so you can avoid these five common mistakes.
If an officer has made the decision to arrest you, there may be little you can do to stop it at that very moment. While you will have an opportunity to contest the charges you face, doing so during an arrest is not that time. Resisting or exhibiting aggressive behavior during an arrest can result in further charges including assault. During an arrest, we urge you to stay calm and collected.
Talking to Police Without a Lawyer Present
If you’ve just been arrested, guilty or not, never speak to the police without a lawyer present. During interrogation, officers will encourage you to speak on the incident assuring you that what you say could help your case. Authorities are allowed to lie as a tactic to get you to confess or speak further about your case. Your miranda rights are there for a reason. Anything you admit can be used as evidence against you in your case.
Sharing Your Case
Those who are arrested often make the mistake of discussing their case with friends and family or the authorities. Keep in mind that your friends and family members can be forced to testify about anything you may have told them. Also, you should refrain from posting anything on social media about your case because authorities can use this public information against you. Authorities are allowed to lie to obtain a confession or evidence to support a conviction and anything you admit can be used against you. Avoid talking about your case with anyone other than your lawyer.
Waiting to Hire a Lawyer Until After You’ve Been Indicted
If you have been arrested, hire a lawyer as soon as you can. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better the outcome may be for your case. The process of any case can be complex so you should be prepared. If you are facing charges, you will need an experienced, knowledgeable representative at your side. The Cochran Firm represents people facing charges throughout the United States.
Not Being Honest with Your Attorney
Any information you disclose to your attorney is confidential. You may be hesitant to admit everything to your lawyer, but it is best if you are completely honest regarding the details surrounding your arrest. Remember, your lawyer is on your side. Being completely honest will help your attorney build the best possible legal defense for you.
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