When you have been arrested, you may not know what to do. It can be a very frightening time. But before you take the proper steps for what to do next, keep in mind the things that you should not do. If you are arrested, refrain from doing the following four things.
1. Talk About the Case
Whenever something upsetting occurs, we often want to speak with someone else who can help to calm us down or provide support. Unfortunately, when you have been arrested it is never a good idea to speak with anyone else about your case other than your attorney. This includes family, friends, inmates (if you are incarcerated), or even the police. Even if someone seems trustworthy, it’s not worth the risk. In addition, to forgo speaking to someone about your case, you should also avoid putting anything at all in writing. This includes social media. Anything that you put onto the Internet (or in writing at all) can always come back and be used against you.
2. Avoid Calling an Attorney
We get it; when you have made bail or are facing potential fines and shelling out large sums of money, the last thing you probably feel like doing is paying for an attorney. However, hiring an attorney is one of the best chances you have for having to shell out less money in the future. A qualified criminal defense attorney is an investment. He or she can help to explain to you how to best proceed with your specific case and can better ensure that you don’t do anything else that could make your case worse.
3. Do Anything Else Illegal
Although it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s extremely important that you refrain from doing anything at all that could land you in additional trouble with the law. Put simply, if you have been arrested, it’s imperative that you lead a very “quiet” life until your trial date.
4. Be Less than Honest with Your Attorney
Sure, it may feel like you only want to share things that will paint you in a positive light, but it won’t actually help you in the end. In order for a criminal defense attorney to provide you with the best chance of having your charges reduced or even dropped, you must be completely honest with them. Your attorney is there to help you; not to judge you. If you fail to be upfront about the details of your case, it could make things worse for you if they come out later on.
The Attorneys at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Help Those in North Carolina Who Have Been Charged with a Crime
It can be incredibly scary to be arrested, and even more frightening to learn that you are going to be prosecuted under the criminal justice system. Not only the outcome of the case, but the experience itself can have a major impact on your life. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you to fight these charges and obtain the best possible outcome. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!