I found this article and thought It would be great to share it with the rest of you (seeing I’m a bit of a law nerd myself, hehe).
Here it goes anyway:
It can be completely scary when you find out that you are facing criminal charges or have been arrested. Adrenaline is likely surging through your body, you may not completely understand what is going on around you, and you just want to go home and get as far away from the situation as possible. However, there are a few things that you simply must do when you find yourself in trouble with the law.
The very first thing that you should do is not to resist any arrest. If you panic and resist arrest, you will likely find yourself facing even more criminal charges. Whether you were caught doing something wrong or you are innocent, you still need to make sure that you do not place yourself or any officers in harm’s way by struggling. Calmly do what the officers tell you to do and show absolutely no resistance.
Even if you think that you have nothing to hide and just want to get the truth out there, you should consider having a professional Scottsdale DUI lawyer there with you to advise you of your rights and to help you say the right things. Sometimes law enforcement can talk people into saying things that they should not say, and those people often speak or confess under pressure.
Of course, you should always ask for a lawyer. You need a professional who will help you understand the charges that have been brought up against you and how you can properly respond to them. It can be extremely difficult trying to work through a legal case on your own, and many people who choose to represent themselves with little legal backgrounds often lose. Do yourself a favor and get the best attorney that you can afford.
Tell the person that you hire to represent you in the legal case everything that you know. You can feel safe knowing that your information will be held in confidence. The more honest you are, the better your lawyer will be able to help you out. Do not be afraid to tell him or her exactly what is going on and what has happened. He or she has likely heard much worse in the past and they have also represented very innocent people.
If you end up spending time in a jail cell, remember that while it might make you feel better to bond with a cellmate, it is a good idea not to talk about your case at all. You do not want to incriminate yourself or have someone twist your words around to make the situation worse. You should really only divulge information from your case to your lawyer. It is too easy for everyone else involved to either betray your confidence or to embellish a story.
You may be very embarrassed at this time, but remember that you still have rights and should be treated as humanely as possible. If a situation arises where you think that you have been abused, make sure you tell a trusted person right away. There are laws to protect you, even when you are facing criminal charges or you are incarcerated. Do not let anyone tell you that you have no rights.
Try to take a deep breath and stay calm throughout your ordeal. If you are patient and think critically about the situation you are in, you will be able to find solutions to your problems for the best legal outcome. Do not hastily choose to do anything without thinking it through a few times and talking to a professional who will help you through this tough time in your life.
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