If you are being placed under arrest you may be confused, scared and worried about your future. Much about the arrest process can be placed under scrutiny as sometimes an arrest is unfair, or the arrestee is mistreated during the arrest process. The following are some tips on what to do if you are being arrested and what to do if you think the police violated your rights during an arrest.
If you are being arrested
The first thing you need to know if you are being arrested is that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Tell the police you wish to remain silent and want to speak to an attorney. Do not say anything else, sign anything or make any decisions until you can speak to an attorney. If you have your own attorney, memorize their phone number so you can contact them immediately.
Cooperate with the police. Resisting arrest can be dangerous. Comply with the police even if you think the arrest is unfair.
You have the right to phone someone if you are arrested. If you phone your attorney, the police cannot listen in on the conversation, as you have attorney-client privilege and the right to confidentiality. If you call a friend or family member, the police can listen in on the conversation as these conversations are not protected.
If you think the police violated your rights
If you think the police violated your rights during your arrest, there are some steps you can take. First, write down all you can remember about the arrest. Contact witnesses if you are able. File a written complaint with the police internal affairs department. These complaints can be made anonymously. Finally, contact your attorney.
Learn more about the arrest process
Sometimes the best way we can protect ourselves against an unreasonable arrest is to be informed. Know what to do if you are being arrested and know your rights. This way, if the process is unfair or illegal, you can take the appropriate and necessary steps to protect your interests.