What Should I Do If Arrested For A Crime?

The criminal defense attorneys of Getz & Braverman, P.C., provide the following information to help level the playing field. We all have rights. In order to protect yourself, you must know your rights and know how to exercise them.

What To Do If You Are Arrested For A Crime

If you are stopped, questioned or arrested for a crime:

  • Don't make any statements: You have a right to remain silent. Put that right to use.
  • Don't argue with police: It does not help your case if you call the officers names or say that you are going to sue them. Physical or verbal outbursts just give the police the opportunity to charge you with additional crimes.
  • Refuse to answer questions until you speak to lawyer: You do not have to answer any questions, even if the officer says, "I just want to clear a few things up." Refrain from being helpful.
  • Be calm and courteous: It can work to your advantage just as being argumentative can work against you.
  • Do not give permission to search your person, your home or your vehicle: Make it clear that you do not consent to such a search. Without your consent, the officer must either have a search warrant or be able to show that there was probable cause to believe you had committed a crime.
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible: Our criminal defense lawyers know that the legal system is not a game. Your future and your freedom may be on the line. We will protect your interests as we guide you through the process of resolving your legal issue.

Refuse Breathalyzer? If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and refuse to submit to a blood or breath test, your driver's license could be suspended for one year.

For a free initial consultation, call 718-618-5567 at the first opportunity for trusted legal advice and representation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Bronx criminal law attorneys represent clients throughout New York City.

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