Ten Things You Need to Know Following an Arrest
Tips from an Olathe Criminal Defense Attorney
After being arrested for a crime, it is vitally important that you know
what to do and how to act. Otherwise, you could damage your chances later
in court. At Martin & Wallentine, LLC we want nothing more than to
help you present a strong defense that protects you from wrongful punishment.
To get you started, we have compiled a list of 10 things that you should
know about the arrest process from start to finish.
Remain silent: Anything you say after an arrest could be used to your disadvantage in
court. If you are arrested, ask to speak with an attorney and hold to
your right to remain silent, even if you have much on your mind.
Be polite: The moment you become disrespectful or rude to an officer, you are on their
bad side. Remain calm and polite but firmly maintain your rights to remain
silent and refuse a search.
Do not argue your innocence with the officer: Trying to defend yourself in front of a police officer will get you nowhere.
Keep quiet and ask to speak with an attorney. They will know how to properly
defend you in the courtroom.
Do not give a statement: Officers may attempt to trick or force you into speaking by telling you
that you must give a statement. This is simply not true. Wait until you
have hired an Olathe criminal defense attorney before you say a word about
Do not be intimidated into talking: No matter how intimidating an officer may become, you have the right to
remain silent and they know it. No amount of subtle coercion or aggressive
threats can change this truth.
Do not agree to a search: Officers must have a warrant to conduct a search – unless you give
them permission. Never allow an officer to conduct a search of your property.
Politely decline their request. You have every right to do so.
Do not resist arrest: Should you be arrested,
never fight back. If you happen to injure the officer in any way, you could
be charged with assaulting a peace officer, which is a grave offense under
Kansas state law.
Do not "step outside": Along with searches, an officer must have a warrant to enter your home
and make an arrest. They may ask you to step outside but it is in your
best interest not to do so. Politely tell them that you are comfortable
speaking with them from inside your home. Once you step outside, they
can make a legal arrest.
Do not lie: No matter how strongly you believe that you can get away with it, do not
lie about anything. If it's discovered that you lied to an officer,
your chances of having your charged reduced or dropped will be next to
nothing. It is better just to say nothing for now.
Hire an attorney: The most important thing you can do after an arrest is to hire a Johnson
County criminal defense lawyer from our firm. They will have the training,
experience and skill to counsel you and fight your charges in court.
Martin & Wallentine, LLC - Defending Your Rights
We are an experienced
criminal defense law firm in Olathe that has successfully tried dozens of cases. By hiring
a criminal defense attorney on our team, you can rest assured that you
are receiving the compassionate and comprehensive defense for your charges.
Be sure to schedule your
free initial consultation today to discover all the ways we can help you after you have been arrested
for a crime in Kansas.