Getting arrested isn’t exactly something that anyone plans on doing. However, things happen, mistakes are made, and laws can be broken, and you could end up being arrested. Sometimes, you can end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and you could be nabbed for something that someone else did. Whether you’re at fault or it’s an error, if you find yourself being questioned by a law enforcement official and getting slapped in handcuffs, there are certain things that you should absolutely avoid, no matter what.
Here’s a look at three things that you should never do if you get arrested, as they could end up making the situation a whole lot worse.
If a police officer has determined that they are going to arrest you, whatever you do, don’t resist. Even if you think that you have been wrongfully targeted, never fight the arresting officer. Fighting, screaming, yelling, or running off could land you in a lot of trouble. Any kind of resistance, even if it’s just a verbal altercation, could be considered a crime and even if you are innocent of what you are being arrested for, if you resist, you’ll be guilty of resisting arrest.
Avoid Sharing Too Much Information
Any criminal defense attorney will tell you that you should absolutely avoid providing an arresting officer with too much information. While you should provide the officer with the basic information that the officer requests, such as your name, your age, your date of birth, and where you reside; however, beyond that, you don’t need to – and you shouldn’t – provide any other information. Typically, police officers are suspicious of individuals who speak too much, as this kind of behavior is often associated with a guilty conscience. Plus, any details that you provide could be used against you in a court of law, even if the comments you made were in jest.
Don’t Agree to Cooperate
A police officer may try to persuade you to cooperate with them; for example, they may offer you leniency in exchange for your cooperation. While it may be tempting, whatever you do, don’t fall for it! An arresting officer doesn’t dictate your charges, your prosecution, or your sentencing. If they’re trying to persuade you to cooperate, it’s usually because they’re trying to get you to admit doing something wrong, and in order to do so, they may tell you things that simply aren’t true.