Tricks To Beat The Police
When They Arrest You
Tricks To Beat The Police When They Arrest You
What should I do if I am arrested?
At the time of your arrest, you may feel helpless and utterly without control over the situation. You can regain some control and help yourself in the long run by immediately asserting your constitutional rights to be silent and to speak with a lawyer.
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects your right to remain silent (that is, your right not to incriminate yourself). The Sixth Amendment guarantees your right to an lawyer.
Silence – even prolonged silence – is not enough to invoke your right to remain silent. You must speak up and unambiguously announce that (1) you are not going to speak to the police, and (2) you want a lawyer (a lawyer does not actually have to show up). Say, for example:
1. I wish to remain silent.
2. I will not answer any questions.
3. I want to speak to a lawyer.
Once you have invoked your rights, stop talking. Your choice to remain silent cannot be used against you at trial, but any statements you make can be. Even “self-serving” statements almost always will hurt you at trial. Seemingly innocent information volunteered to police is often used a defendant at trial.
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