Steps To Take After An Arrest

Do you know what to do during and after you are arrested? It is hard to plan for something like this. However, knowing what steps to take in the event you are arrested can help protect your rights and your future.

Do You Know Your Miranda Rights?

The police are required to follow specific procedures when they arrest someone and during interrogations. The police are required to inform individuals of their Miranda rights when they are placing someone under arrest. Your Miranda rights are:

  1. You have the right to remain silent. This includes refusing to answer questions.
  2. Anything you say may be used against you in court.
  3. You have the right to talk to an attorney before you talk to the police. You also have the right to have an attorney during any questioning by the police.
  4. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, one will be appointed to you at your request.
  5. You have the right to stop answering questions and request an attorney at any time during questioning.

You must have read your Miranda rights when you are placed in police custody. The law does not require the police to read you your rights if you are not in police custody, such as during a traffic stop and the police ask you a question.

If you are arrested, it is important to stay polite and remain respectful. You have the right to make a phone call after an arrest. Use this call to hire an attorney. This may mean calling a lawyer directly or calling a family member or close friend to help you get a lawyer.

You may face criminal charges or be let go after you are arrested. In either situation, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney on your side to make sure your rights are not violated.

Call An Experienced Defense Attorney

Thomas A. Foley is an experienced defense attorney in Wilmington. He has nearly 30 years of experience helping individuals throughout Delaware who have been arrested for misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Do not try to represent yourself or assume the police have made a mistake and will let you go. You need someone protecting your interests right away. Call Mr. Foley right away at 302-658-3077. He offers free consultations and is able to meet you anywhere.