What To Do If You're Arrested For A Crime
Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyers Share What To Do If You’re Arrested For A Crime We’ve all seen it a thousand times in movies: a police officer says to a suspect, “You have the right to remain silent” as he slaps on the handcuffs. What happens if what you’ve seen so many times on TV and in movies suddenly becomes a harsh reality and you are arrested for a crime? Would you know what to do? More importantly, would you know what NOT to do? In this review, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers from Eisenberg Law Offices share what to do if you are arrested for a crime. Do not resist arrest.
- If you are arrested, the most important thing to do is comply with the police officer. Do not make any sudden movements. Regardless of whether you are guilty or innocent, it is imperative to remain compliant and calm.
- You are required to give the police your correct name and address. Beyond that you do not have to say anything until your attorney is present. Without being rude, do not answer any questions until your attorney has arrived. Specifically, invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. It’s also important to not sign any documents or agree to any recorded statements until you’ve consulted with your lawyer.
- By law, you are not required to allow an officer to search your vehicle, house, computer, or phone. Do not give consent. Keep in mind that a warrant is not necessary for an officer to search you when you are being placed under arrest.