An arrest can be embarrassing, stressful and even maddening. However:

  • Simply being arrested does not necessarily mean that a person will be charged with a crime (or if eventually charged, it doesn’t mean a person will be convicted).
  • How people behave and interact with police before, during and after the arrest can impact the nature of criminal charges they may end up facing, as well as their future defense case.

In this blog series, we will point out some of the specific things people should and shouldn’t do during an arrest in order to protect their rights and avoid strengthening a case against them. If you or a loved one has been arrested and/or charged with a crime, contact Centennial and Denver Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce H. Rabun for aggressive legal advocacy and the strongest possible defense.

How to Protect Your Rights during an Arrest: Here’s What You Should Know

Tip 1 – Do not lie to police.

Knowing what to do to protect your rights during an arrest can make a big difference in your future defense. Here’s what you should know. Contact us for the best defense.

Knowing what to do to protect your rights during an arrest can make a big difference in your future defense. Here’s what you should know. Contact us for the best defense.

Before an arrest when police stop and question you, make sure that you are honest with law enforcement officials and that you tell them your full legal name. Lying to police can not only damage your credibility (in that if it’s discovered that you are lying, cops likely won’t believe you if or when you tell them the truth), but it could also result in additional criminal charges being filed against you.

Here, it’s also critical to note that not lying to police does NOT mean that you need to tell them everything; it simply means that what you do disclose should be truthful.

Tip 2 – Try to stay calm and not resist during the arrest process.

If police have made the decision to place you under arrest, there is typically very little you can do to change their minds, and resisting the arrest will only be bad news for you. This is because police, who have significant discretion during arrests and the filing of charges, may end up feeling that they have enough cause to:

  • Use additional force to place you under arrest
  • File additional criminal charges against you (and this can lead to more expensive bail, more complicated criminal cases, etc.).

So, do your best to stay calm if an arrest seems imminent. Although you likely will want to clear your name and explain your side of the story, trying to do so during the arrest can be futile.

For our ongoing discussion regarding how to protect your rights after an arrest, look for the additional parts of this blog series that will be published soon!

Centennial and Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Law Office of Bruce H. Rabun, LLC

Have you or someone you love been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony crime? If so, you can trust Centennial and Denver Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce H. Rabun to provide you with aggressive representation, the strongest defense and the highest quality legal services. For more than three decades, Bruce H. Rabun has been committed to providing each of his clients with personal representation so that he can effectively guide them through life’s changes and the complicated legal system.

Schedule a meeting with us by calling (303) 221-7899 or by emailing our firm using the contact form on this page to discuss your best defense options. From our office in Centennial, we represent people throughout the Denver metro areas, Arapahoe County, Douglas County and Jefferson County.

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