Although most of us would hope that we will never experience what it is like to be arrested, the truth is that there is no reason to think you are immune. There is always the chance that you will be caught doing something that you shouldn’t, even if it is not a particularly egregious crime. And then there are all those stories of false imprisonment – remember, you only have to be suspected of a crime to be arrested, so that is obviously something that could happen to any of us at any time. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the practicalities of it – what you should do, and shouldn’t do, in order to ensure your future is as bright as possible.
1. Use Your Phone Call
First up, remember that you always have one phone call. That is a right that you should absolutely make good use of. A lot of people petulantly don’t use it as they think there is no point. But if you are careful about it, you can use your phone call to make things much better for you. The most obvious way you can do this is by calling a bail bonds agency, who will be able to get you out of jail.
Or you might want to call a family member or friend who you know will be able to help in that way. Failing all else, it is still just going to help if you can speak to someone you know for comfort, so that is something that you are going to want to do too. Making use of this call is absolutely a great thing to do for yourself.
You will make things a lot easier for yourself if you comply with the police as they arrest you. That does not mean that you should waiver your rights, however, and it is not an invitation to simply do whatever they want. It does mean that you will probably not want to fight them off or try to escape or whatever else you might consider doing. If you comply with the basic arrest, you will find that you have a much easier time of it. But don’t say anything you don’t want to say, and don’t give away any personal details you don’t have to. That is a balance that you need to try and strike.
3. Remember Your Rights
Just because you are being arrested does not mean you suddenly lose any rights – you have not even been convicted of a crime yet, you are just being arrested. So remember that you have rights, and remember what they are. These go far beyond just the rights that the police read out to you. You do not have to do anything you don’t want to, and you should try to remember that as you are being arrested. As long as you can respect your rights in this basic way, you will find that you are going to be able to have a better time of it.