Meeting some police officers who have an arrest warrant with your name on it is never pleasant. If you have been falsely accused of a crime and you are sure of your innocence, you have every right to defend yourself. Know that there are professional Los Angeles criminal law attorneys who can help.
Here are our simple tips to follow when you are arrested for a crime you did not commit:
- You have the right to remain silent
If you are arrested, do not panic, do not deny anything or answer any questions. Keep silent and ask, politely, the motives for your arrest. Anything that you say can be misinterpreted and you can do more harm than good. You have the right to remain silent and you have all the reasons to stick by it.
- Call or ask for a lawyer
If you are arrested, the first thing to do is call your attorney. This is a right nobody can deny you. Ask for a telephone and call your legal adviser as soon as possible and wait for his/her arrival. In the meantime do not answer any questions.
- Ask the officers for their search warrant
If police officers knock on your front door and they ask to come in and search your home, you have to ask for the warrant. You may think that this disproves your innocence, but in fact, you are just reinforcing your fundamental rights and your respect for the law.
- Be the first to call 911
The one who makes the first call is considered a victim. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation or if you get into a fight, be the one that takes initiative and call 911. It is better if you do it.
- It will not be easy
Proving your innocence can be difficult and it may take a lot of time and money. It can be stressful and taxing on your patience and energy. It is a lot more frustrating to fight with the legal system when you are innocent. Make sure you have a good lawyer and whatever happens, stay strong.
Los Ageless criminal law attorneys are always ready to help you. Visit our website for more information!