If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is essential that you understand
your rights when interacting with the police.
The Law office of Kerrisa Chelkowski has put together a list of what not to do if you’re arrested.
Don’t Run from the Police
If you’re in trouble with the law, it is imperative you do not run
away from the police. Often, police will think if you’re running
that you’re carrying a weapon and can be quick to draw their guns
which could lead to a fatal consequences. If you run and are caught, the
fact that you ran will be reported in your case and most jurors are under
the impression that guilty people run. When the police are coming to arrest you, the
best course of action is to follow their instructions exactly and
hire an attorney as soon as you are able to.
Don’t Resist Arrest
Resisting arrest could also be considered consciousness of guilt. Any physical
contact you have with the arresting police could be considered “assault and/or battery of a peace officer” which could come with some severe
penalties. If you are being arrested, allow the officers to arrest you
calmly and peacefully.
Don’t Offer Information
You’ve heard it on all the police dramas, “You have the right
to remain silent.” Exercise that right. Talking to the police and
divulging any information could harm you case. Wait until your
San Antonio criminal attorney arrives before you talk to
anyone about your case.
Don’t Let Them Search Anything
Did you know the police need a warrant to search your home or vehicle?
If the police appear at your doorstep and say they have a warrant to search
your home, do not consent to the search without asking to see the warrant
first. If they are unable to produce the warrant, you are not required
to let them into your home. Additionally, the police cannot search your
car or personal items without your consent. If they ask for your consent,
it means they need it. Do not consent to a search without speaking to
Don’t Place Your Hands Where the Police Officer Cannot See Them
Under no circumstances should you try to conceal your hands while you are
being arrested. If you’ve followed the national news the last few
years, you know that doing so can be fatal. Keep your hands where the
police can see them at all times during this process.
Don’t Sign Anything
If you’ve been arrested in San Antonio, the police may try and have
you sign documents. They may pressure you for your signature. Refuse to
give it until you can consult your attorney.
The police may try to upset you. Don’t let this happen. Avoid arguing
with the police at all times. If you’re upset you may unconsciously
divulge information about your case that could negatively impact your
defense. Remain calm and make sure you make it clear you do not want to
talk to anyone without your attorney.
Don’t Lie to Your Attorney
When you hire our experienced San Antonio criminal defense lawyers, we
need to know all the details of your arrest in order to build the best
possible defense for you. Lying or withholding information from us can
only affect you negatively in the long run.
Don’t Forget to Hire a Skilled Attorney
If you’ve been arrested in San Antonio, our experienced San Antonio
criminal defense attorneys can help you build your defense. With a near
perfect track record of success, you can be confident we will help you!
Build a better defense – call us today!