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What to do if you’re arrested or taken to a police station

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

You have the right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Tell the police nothing except your name and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses, or stories. You can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decide what is best.

Ask to see a lawyer immediately. If you can’t pay for a lawyer, you have a right to a free one, and should ask the police how the lawyer can be contacted. Don’t say anything without a lawyer.

Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking you have the right to make a local phone call: to a lawyer, bail bondsman, or a relative, or any other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer.

Sometimes you can be released without bail, or have bail lowered. Have your lawyer ask the judge about the possibility. You must be taken before the judge on the next court day after arrest.

Do not make any decisions in your case until you have talked to a lawyer.