What To Do If You Are Arrested

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What To Do If You Are Arrested
What To Do If You Are Arrested

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November 07
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What To Do If You Are Arrested

Being arrested can be a daunting experience. It’s crucial to know your rights and the steps to take to protect yourself legally. This guide will help you navigate through the arrest process in Indiana, highlighting common mistakes to avoid and the importance of hiring an experienced lawyer like those at The Law Office of Paul A. Rossi. If you were arrested, contact us as soon as possible for case-specific guidance. 

Understanding the Arrest Process

An arrest usually begins with an arrest warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause. This warrant includes details about the person to be arrested and the charges against them. The arrest can occur at any time and place, except in certain private areas without consent or a warrant. After the arrest, booking and processing involve taking fingerprints, photographs, and documenting personal information.

Know Your Legal Rights

Upon arrest, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. These rights are non-negotiable, and law enforcement must inform you of them. Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court. It’s advisable to exercise these rights and avoid making any statements until your lawyer is present.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

A common mistake many people make is trying to talk their way out of an arrest. This often leads to self-incrimination. Resist the urge to negotiate with law enforcement officers. Instead, politely assert your right to remain silent and wait for your attorney.

Another mistake is consenting to searches without a warrant. Unless the police have a search warrant or there are exigent circumstances, you have the right to refuse a search of your person or property.

Seek Legal Representation

Even if the charges against you seem minor, it’s crucial to seek legal representation. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

First Court Appearance and Questioning

At your first court appearance, called an arraignment, the charges against you will be read, and you’ll be asked to enter a plea. Your lawyer will advise you on the best course of action.

During questioning by law enforcement, remember your right to remain silent. You should only answer questions in the presence of your attorney.

Potential Outcomes

The outcome of an arrest can vary greatly, from dismissal and reduced charges to alternative sentencing or acquittal by jury. The specific circumstances of your case, the evidence against you, and your legal representation play significant roles in determining the outcome.

In Indiana, specific laws and regulations apply. For example, Indiana has a “stand your ground” law, which could potentially affect the outcome of cases where self-defense is claimed.

Protect Your Future With a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being arrested can be overwhelming. But with knowledge of the process and your rights, along with experienced legal representation like that offered at The Law Office of Paul A. Rossi, you can navigate this challenging situation effectively. Remember, every case is unique, so it’s crucial to seek personalized legal advice as soon as possible. Call today for a consultation with our attorneys.

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