Continuing from How to Protect Your Rights during an Arrest: 6 Tips (Pt. 1), below, we will point out some more things you can do when interacting with police during an arrest in order to protect yourself and your rights.

Additional Ways to Protect Your Rights during an Arrest

Tip 3 – Do not consent to police searches if a search request is made.

Denying officers’ search requests and knowing when NOT to talk are two ways to protect your rights during an arrest. Contact us for the best defense after an arrest.

Denying officers’ search requests and knowing when NOT to talk are two ways to protect your rights during an arrest. Contact us for the best defense after an arrest.

At any point during the arrest process, law enforcement officials may ask you to search your car, your home or other property you possess. Here’s what you should know when it comes to police officers’ search requests:

  • If officers are asking your permission to conduct a search, they legally do NOT have the right to move forward with the search without your permission (or a search warrant) – otherwise, they wouldn’t care about getting your approval/consent, as they would just go ahead and search what they wanted to search.
  • Turning down a request to search your property is a viable way of protecting your rights during an arrest, as it can prevent police from finding additional “evidence” to use against you.

So, even if you have nothing to hide or you want to seem transparent to police, it’s usually advised that you do not let police search your property when you are the subject of a criminal investigation.

Tip 4 – Know when NOT to talk.

Just as you should know when to deny police search requests (which is always), being aware of when to keep your mouth shut and NOT say anything can be critical to protecting your rights during an arrest. In fact, while police should mirandize you as part of the arrest process (and in doing so, outline your rights to remain silent), regardless of whether you are read your Miranda rights, be very careful about what you tell police throughout the arrest process.

A few of the reasons for this are that:

  • Your statements – even those that may seem harmless or inconsequential – can come back to haunt you later.
  • When you start talking about a crime without a lawyer present, police who are typically trained interrogators can manipulate you into saying things you don’t mean or want to say.

Don’t miss the conclusion to this blog series for some final important info regarding what you can do to protect your rights during an arrest.

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