Knowing what you can do when it comes to protecting your rights after an arrest can be crucial to the strength of future defense cases. Here’s what you should know.

Knowing what you can do when it comes to protecting your rights after an arrest can be crucial to the strength of future defense cases. Here’s what you should know.

Interacting with law enforcement officials when you are the suspect in a crime can be unnerving and distressing. In fact, while you may be eager to clear your name and avoid an arrest, in some cases, an arrest may be imminent – and what you do during and immediately after the arrest can make a significant difference in:

  • Whether you end up being charged with a crime
  • If charged, the nature of the charges you end up facing
  • Your defense options later.

Shedding some more light on this topic, this blog series will reveal some essential tips for protecting your rights after an arrest. When, however, you are ready for the best defense against any criminal charges, it’s time to contact the experienced Trinidad and Pueblo criminal defense attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth.

Protecting Your Rights after an Arrest: Here Is What You Can Do

Tip 1 – Remain calm and do NOT resist the arrest. 

As frustrating or alarming as an imminent arrest may be, do your best to remain calm and to not physically resist the arrest process. This is crucial because getting angry, losing it and/or running or physically fighting back can lead to:

  • Officers using physical force, tasers, etc. to subdue you, resulting in you sustaining unnecessary injuries
  • You facing more serious and/or additional criminal charges later, which could make building a future defense more challenging.

Tip 2 – Do NOT lie. 

If police end up questioning you prior to, during or immediately after an arrest, make sure that you do not lie about anything you disclose. While you may want to be helpful and try to provide as much information as you can to try to get out of custody, lying will never help you – and it could actually come back to hurt you later, as you may:

  • Be charged with additional crimes
  • Lose credibility, making it easy for prosecutors to discredit you and your statements later.

Look for the additional installments of this blog series for some more crucial tips for protecting your rights after an arrest.

Trinidad and Pueblo Criminal Defense Attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth

Have you or someone you love been arrested and/or charged with a crime? If so, the Trinidad and Pueblo criminal defense attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth are ready to start providing you with the best legal defense now.

For more than four decades, our experienced Trinidad and Pueblo criminal defense lawyers have been dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complexities of the legal system and to favorably resolving their important legal matters. Let us put our experience to work defending you.

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