Were You Arrested? Here Are 6 Things You Should Not Do
No one wants to ever be arrested. No one wants to need a mobile bail bond service. The unfortunate truth is that many of us will be arrested and will need a bail bond company. Nearly 12 million people were processed in American jails between June 2010 and June 2011. That is a lot of people. If you have been arrested there are some things you should not do.
- The police officer does not have to think you are innocent. Once you have been arrested, you may want to convince the cops that you are innocent. It does not matter what they think of you. The police officer who arrested you does not get to decide if you are guilty or not. The mobile bail bond service does not decide if you are guilty. You will have your day in court. That is when your guilt or innocence will be decided.
- Do not run or resist. This will only hurt you in the long run. If you have been arrested, the whole situation is stressful, upsetting and generally terrible but running will not make things any better for you. You will most likely not be able to outrun the police and you will just make them chase you. This can add charges to your bill, so to speak, and you may impact the amount you will need to give the bail bond agency to get your freedom. By the same token, do not resist being arrested. This is another charge and can bring a misdemeanor to a felony level. Felony convictions can ruin your life. You may not want to go with it but if you have been arrested, that is exactly what you need to do.
- Keep your mouth shut. The average person knows they have Miranda rights (thank you, “Law andamp; Order”) but that does not mean they keep quiet when they should. It seems like a given or like it would be natural to not tell the police everything you may have done but people can get very chatty. It could be because they are nervous. Whatever you do, if you have been arrested, shut up. You will have plenty of time to talk about your case later.
- You have rights, do not forget about them. Some police officers think that the U.S. Constitution rights that are afforded every citizen are somehow suspended when they arrest someone. This is not true. You do not have to let them search anywhere and you should not give them that right. There is a difference between not resisting arrest and rolling over. You may want to think of the police like vampires. Once you have invited them in, they can come and go but they cannot come in until they have been invited. If they ask to search your home, you can and should take the line from Nancy Reagan, “Just say no.”
- Do not believe anything the police tell you. They are allowed to lie to get you to talk. You have certain rights, such as the right to have an attorney and the right to talk to a bail bonds company. The police want you to tell them what they want to hear, you need to just stay quiet and remember that they will lie.
- Do not stay in jail. There are people who may tell you that you can mount the same kind of defense from jail as you can from home. This is simply not true. You do not have access to many of the things that you will need when you are in jail. The first thing you need to do is call a mobile bail bond service and figure out how you can get out of jail. Some people do not have a bond or cannot afford to pay the mobile bail bond service. If you have one and can afford to pay it, you should. At the very least, you will maintain much more of your sanity if you get out of jail as quickly as you can.
Being arrested is a terrible experience. There are no two ways about that. You can make things worse for yourself or better.