Being arrested can be a terrifying experience, particularly if police are trying to charge you with serious felony crimes. During such overwhelming situations, however, it’s crucial that you:
- Remember that you have rights and are innocent until proven guilty in court
- Do everything in your power to protect your rights and avoid helping police (and later prosecutors) potentially build a case against you.
To this end, the following are some crucial things to remember in the event that you are ever arrested. When dealing with police during or immediately following an arrest:
- Do NOT try to resist the arrest – Despite the fact that your first reaction to being arrested may be to try to resist, it’s crucial that you do not do so. If police are in the process of arresting you, you are going to be arrested – regardless of your resistance, and your attempts to resist police can only lead to additional criminal charges being filed against you. It’s best, instead, to be polite to officers and submit to the arrest without resisting.
- Do NOT try to explain your side of the story – Following an arrest, some people may feel the immediate urge to explain their side of the story to police in an attempt to be released from custody. It’s important to not start answering officers’ questions (except for providing your name) and to refrain from explaining what happened. Officers are skilled interrogators who will try to trip you up and may lie to you about alleged evidence against you. By not answering their questions, you can shut down their ability to try to use your words against you later in court.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.