Arrested? Here's a quick guide to what you should and should not do.
If you are arrested, there are almost certainly more than a few things you should know.
1. Do not resist!
Do not try to flee the situation or bribe your way out.
Keep your mouth shut and stay calm, even when you feel scared.
If you are detained, do not give out any information about yourself or your company.
Do not answer questions about what you were doing at the time of the arrest (even if it is completely innocent). If the police ask you: "Are you an employee of X?" You can say: "No". If they ask: "What is X?", You can say: "I don't know". They will probably let you go if they believe that telling lies won’t help them in their pursuit of the truth (as it has in every other case). But if they believe that what they are asking is true, then they may have a right to demand proof of your innocence before releasing you (either by questioning your associates or by having a detective ask them questions). It’s a good idea to try to get someone else involved with the police so that they can check the facts before taking any action against you — especially if it will take several days for them to get back to you. The longer it takes for them to contact you, the more likely it is that eventually, no one will be able to prove your innocence and that charges will eventually be filed against you for something that took place several weeks ago! This happens every day! Even if your friends and family think it was totally innocent and didn’t happen at all, the police may believe differently and suspect foul play from others who were involved.
2. What to Do if It Happens to a Loved one
The arrest, detention or arrest and detention of anyone is a major event. It could be a loved one, a friend or colleague, a stranger passing through the country, or someone you don’t know and have never met.
If you are arrested or detained, don’t panic. Learn what you can do to prepare yourself and your loved one:
#1 Know Your Rights and How to Use Them
Everything will be taken care of by the police once they get your name and what they are investigating. They will call your lawyer, who will help in preparing for the court hearing. The police may not inform the family at all about this event. If this is the case with you then it is highly recommended that you find an attorney as soon as possible. And do not forget about having witnesses called to testify for you so we can share them with your lawyer so he/she could act on their behalf; in most cases this includes a family member (or other party) who is present during the incident/arrest.
#2 Know What To Do During The Arrest And Detention Process
Once the police have arrested or detained you, they may ask questions that are not related to the reason why they arrested/detained you. Remember that these questions are meant to help identify what crime(s) they suspect you might have committed so they can request a warrant from a judge to search your property. For example: "Did your parents drive here?" "Where did they take their car?" "What was their license number?" If this question makes sense to you then just answer: "My parents did not drive here." Do not be uncomfortable answering this question as it will help them make sure that there is no other crime involved in it (e.g., if anyone else drove here then please say yes). If there is no crime involved then just answer "No" (without saying anything else).
#3 Keep Calm And Do Not Panic While In Detention Or Jail
Do not panic when being questioned by law enforcement since chances are very high that nothing serious has happened yet but just some minor misunderstanding between two people who are simply trying to resolve an issue peacefully (e.g., drivers asking each other where their car's license plate sticker came from). Just say something like: "I'm sorry but I didn't do anything wrong." Try and relax as everything should be fine after all and things will turn out fine
3. Useful Phone Numbers and Resources
When you’re arrested, regardless of the reason, you want to be prepared for what to do. This article is a collection of useful phone numbers and resources for when you are arrested or detained.
If you’ve been arrested and need help, please contact the following organizations:
1. ACLU: (202) 966-8800
2. Feds: (202) 514-3000
3. ACLU National: (212) 821-4000
4. American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California: (213) 626-3300
5. New York City Police Department: (212) 577-9900
Lawyers are not lawyers, they are legal custodians.
In the United States, law enforcement and prosecutors have a right to question any individual who is being prosecuted by the DOJ. In other words, your lawyer is your official attorney. But you are responsible for the questions and answers he or she provides. If you do not wish to answer any questions, then you should refuse to provide any information.
The "Lawyer-Client privilege" protects attorneys from providing certain information (including their own statements) to law enforcement officers or their agents during an investigation or otherwise related to a criminal case. Because of these protections, information that a lawyer may ask about is generally considered privileged - in other words, it cannot be used against the client in court .