Continuing from Protecting Your Rights after an Arrest: 6 Tips (Pt. 1), here, more essential tips will be revealed and discussed.

Protecting Your Rights after an Arrest: More Important Info

Tip 3 – Do NOT consent to property searches.

Not permitting police to search your property and staying quiet are two effective ways of protecting your rights after an arrest. Contact us for the best criminal defense.

Not permitting police to search your property and staying quiet are two effective ways of protecting your rights after an arrest. Contact us for the best criminal defense.

Before, during or after an arrest, police officers may ask you for permission to search your vehicle, home and/or other property. If these requests are made of you, NEVER consent to them. While you may have nothing specific to hide and you may want to appear forthcoming/helpful to police, letting them search your property can be very risky and potentially bad for you, as it could lead to cops:

  • Finding more possible “evidence” against you for a particular crime or investigation
  • Filing new criminal charges against you.

So, just remember, if cops ask to search your property, this means that they don’t have the legal authority to do so without your consent.

Tip 4 – Do NOT say more than you have to.

This tip for protecting your rights after an arrest is essential in that it can help you avoid saying anything that could be used against you later. In fact, when it comes to talking with law enforcement officials about an alleged offense and/or your alleged role in or relationship to it, you should avoid saying anything – other than, of course, your full legal name (as that IS legally required of people who are placed under arrest).

Put in another way, invoking your Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent when cops question you is generally always a good rule of thumb to live by when you are focused on protecting your rights after an arrest. So, if cops start asking you questions that could lead to problematic answers, simply state, “I am invoking my Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.”

For some final essential tips for protecting your rights after an arrest, be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series – it will be published in early April.

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