What To Do When You’re Arrested

Being arrested in Arizona can be a traumatic event. Whether it’s a DUI arrest or you have been charged with a drug crime, what you say and do immediately before, during or after your arrest can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if you have been arrested in Arizona.

Our Mesa, Arizona criminal defense attorneys can help you every step of the way. That’s because we know how the legal system works in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona. We know what needs to be done to protect your rights and demand justice.

Discover what people throughout Arizona already know about Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC. Learn more about all the legal options available to you. Schedule an appointment at our Mesa law office or one of our other locations throughout Arizona today. And if you can’t come to us, we can come to you.

What you should do if you’re arrested

If a police officer has arrested you for any reason in Arizona, we strongly suggest you take the following steps:

  • In many cases, you do not have to answer the police officer’s questions.
  • Remember, anything you say or do during your arrest can be used against you.
  • If someone witnesses your arrest, ask the arresting officer to interview them.
  • If you do decide to talk, be polite when dealing with the arresting officer.
  • Call the arresting officer “Sir” or “Ma’am.” Respect gets respect.
  • Keep your answers short. “Yes, sir” or “No, ma’am” is often sufficient.
  • Ask the police officer why you are being arrested.
  • Make sure you obtain a copy of your written arrest report.
  • If your arrest was recorded on video, ask for a copy of the video.
  • Ask to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
  • Do not talk to other people about your case.
  • Do not post anything on social media about your case.

Every criminal case is unique. Even seemingly similar criminal charges can be vastly different depending on a wide range of circumstances, including your physical condition at the time of your arrest, whether you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, previous criminal convictions and whether you believe you were wrongly arrested due to a variety of circumstances, including your race, gender or ethnicity.

Whatever the circumstances, no matter how complicated or straightforward your arrest might seem, we want to help you through this difficult ordeal. Contact us and speak with an experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer at our law firm right away.

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Mesa, AZ 85206
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