On behalf of Dod Law, APC posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
An arrest for a criminal offense can potentially change the outcome of your life. This is not an easy thought, especially since being arrested can be stressful and even frightening. You might not even completely remember all the details of the process. This could be due to shock, but some police officers in California simply move through the process quickly. Here are a few things to keep in mind during and after a violent crimes arrest.
You might feel angry or confused after an arrest, and understandably so. However, it is important to be respectful to the officer who is making the arrest. Staying calm shows him or her that you are not trying to cause trouble. Acting aggressively will not help your situation, but maintaining a respectful and calm demeanor can.
There are many different ways that you can show respect, but talking does not have to be one of them. You are not required to tell him or her anything, and indeed, your right to silence is protected by law. The arresting officer should say that you “have the right to remain silent.” Aside from politely informing the officer that you will answer questions once your lawyer is present, you can remain silent.
Like most people in California, you probably do not have an attorney who you regularly visit, especially one who deals in criminal law. Since you should not answer any questions until you have a lawyer present, contacting an experienced lawyer is a priority. Having a legal advocate on your side can protect you against things like accidental self-incrimination. You can find out more about what to do after an arrest for violent crimes and other criminal law topics right here on our website.