Do's and Dont's if You are Arrested

If you are arrested or questioned by the police, here is a list of do’s and dont’s. The police have a lot of training and learning this list could save you from a conviction or a harsher penalty.
Don't Talk.
Don’t say a word to the police office. Don’t try to make the officer believe you are innocent. He hears the same story every time he arrests someone. Know that the officer is just doing his job and does not care if you are guilty or innocent. And usually, whatever you say will probably make the situation worse. So, keep your mouth shut with the officer but talk an attorney instead.

Don't Believe the Police, They Sometimes Don’t Tell the Truth
The police are trained to get you to make an admission. In fact, under most circumstances it is legal for the police to lie to you. The police and detectives may also state that "it will be easier" to talk now or if you talk they will go easy on you. Don’t fall for this. It will only be easier for the police to prove their case and convict you.

Don't Run
It is very difficult to outrun the police. They have radios, lots of backup, and sometimes, even a helicopter. And usually when you run, the police, when they capture you, will beat you to a pulp. Listen to the officer, do what he or she says, be polite, and as stated above, keep your mouth shut.

Never Resist Arrest
Resisting arrest is one way of increasing the charges against you. What may start off as a minor crime, such as a misdemeanor, can become a major crime, felony Resisting and Obstruction, if you don’t do what an officer orders you to do. And never touch an officer. He probably will touch you back with his flashlight or something like it but probably not very gently.

Demand to See a Search Warrant
If the police officer asks if he can search you, your car, or your home, say “no”. Be respectful but ask them to get a search warrant. While often the police do not a search to conduct a search of your car, unless there is an exigent circumstance, they need a warrant to enter you home. If, after you refuse to consent to a search, they perform the search anyway, that evidence may be thrown out later. And also remember, if they find something in plain sight when they are searching, that can also be used against you. So do not consent to a search even though they might get a warrant anyway.

Keep Your Eyes Straight Ahead
Often people will look at the place where they don’t want the police to search. In fact, when you are pulled over or arrested, the police will watch your eyes and generally start searching where you were looking. Look straight ahead and don’t give the police hints.

Do Not Let the Police Enter Your Home and Don’t Go Outside
If the police come to your door, knock and then ask to come in, demand to see a search warrant. If they believe you have committed a serious crime, they probably already have a warrant or can easily get one. Never-the-less, unless they have a warrant don’t let them in. And if you step outside, they can arrest you on the spot, so stay behind your door and make them do their job and don’t do it for them.

If You are Arrested Outside Your Home, Do Not Accept an Offer to Go Back In
If you are arrested outside your home, the Officer may ask if you need to get a coat on this chilly night or tell your wife you have been arrested. If you go back into your home, the Officer will probably follow you inside and then have the right to conduct a “public safety” search, looking for guns or other weapons. And remember, if he sees something illegal that is in plain sight, like drugs, when he is looking for a weapon, that’s fair game.

Be Polite
I am always amazed that when a public official gets pulled over and they say something like, “Do you know who I am?” or I am going to report you for this. Even a regular guy will sometimes say, “I want your badge number because I am going to report you.” The Officer is probably just doing his job but even if the Officer goes over the top, don’t give him an excuse to get angry, possibly increase the original charge against you, or tell the Prosecutor that you behaved like a jerk.

Don't say a word- (I Keep Saying This Rule)
When you make an admission, it will be used against you. I had a client who was charged with drunk driving after he had arrived at a location. He was not in his vehicle. No one saw him drive. But when the Officer asked how he got to the location where he was, my client said “Well, I might have driven”. Until he opened his mouth, there was no way to prove that he didn’t start drinking after he had arrived but not anymore. Keep your mouth shut. One more time, keep your mouth shut and talk to an attorney.