Getting arrested is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. The emotions stirred up by the arrest process, including anxiety, confusion, and anger, often cause arrestees to act in ways that may not be in their best interests. In other words, people often do things that make things worse for themselves following arrest. Therefore, even if you are a law-abiding citizen, it’s important to know what to do if you find yourself under arrest. Below are a few tips on how to handle yourself if you’re ever arrested in Maryland.

Keep quiet

Although arresting officers are required to explain to arrestees that they have the right to remain silent, people often ignore this warning and continue speaking to the police after being detained. There is a reason that this warning is given: anything that you say to the police following an arrest can later be used against you in court. Therefore, unless you are giving basic background information such as your name, address, date of birth, and social security number, you should never voluntarily speak to the police. In fact, the only person you should go into detail with about the circumstances of your arrest is your Silver Spring criminal defense attorney.

Remember that the police report information to prosecutors

As noted above, anything said to a police officer following an arrest can be used to aid the prosecution. Therefore, no matter how friendly or casual the police act with you during an arrest, it’s important to remember that they are not on your side. After an arrest, the police want to pass along as much incriminating information to the prosecutor as they can get their hands on, and this is especially true regarding confessions and other statements by arrestees that appear to admit or allude to guilt. Remember, once you’ve been arrested, the police already believe you’ve done something illegal, and they are eager to justify their actions to the prosecutor in your case.

Be polite and comply with police orders

Let’s face it, no one likes being arrested or detained by the police. Fear, anxiety, and anger are just a few of the emotions people feel immediately following an arrest. However, no matter how angry you may be after an arrest, always remain calm, polite, and compliant. The failure to do so could result in additional charges.

Contact a Silver Spring criminal defense attorney

The absolute best thing you can do following an arrest is contact a Silver Spring criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Asher Weinberg, we base our mission on the ideal that each accused person is innocent until proven guilty. With this principle in mind, attorney Asher Weinberg works tirelessly to defend his clients against criminal charges of all kinds, including minor misdemeanors and felony charges. If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland, please contact us today for a consultation.

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