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What If I Am Arrested?

Mel Dowdell June 24, 2020

If you are arrested, the basic rule is to simply listen to the officer and do as you are told, “Put Your Hands Behind Your Back”.

Following is the Top 4 Things you should not do.

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2. Don’t Run

If you run, there will be additional charges. Also, police become highly suspicious that someone running has a weapon and may be quick to draw their weapon.

When your case goes to trial, the prosecutor may imply “consciousness of guilt.” whereby the jury is told basically “guilty people run, but innocent people don’t”. Do not run from the Police!

3. Dont' Resist Arrest

Most important to remember, do not touch the police officer! Follow what the officer says. Plead in court, not with the officer. You will lose a fight against an officer!

Do not bump the officer or swat the officer’s hands away. This often becomes over-reported by the officer. What may have been swatting, will be referred to as hitting. Hitting falls under the assault statutes. Now a minor misdemeanor arrest becomes a felony!

4. Dont' Talk Smack To The Police

Whether you believe you did something wrong or not, it’s important to be polite and respectful when speaking with a police officer.

  • Remain calm and courteous
  • Keep your answers short and simple
  • Don't use profanity

Do not try to argue your case on the side of the road…it’s not the time or place.  The court of law is the place to contest your case. Don’t let your heightened emotions lead to a bigger problem!

Disclaimer: The information contained in this course not intended to be consider legal advice. Please consult an attorney for legal advice.