A suspect’s behavior during the arrest can have a lasting impact on his or her case, and it could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. The process of being arrested is often jarring and can cause anxiety. It’s important to keep calm and remember to follow three rules, which are listed below.
1. Don’t Make Matters Worse
It’s easy to become upset during the arrest process—especially if you feel the charges are unfair, or you’ve been mistreated by police. However, an outburst will only make the situation worse and could lead to additional charges.
2. Don’t Try to Talk Your Way out of an Arrest
Many people try to negotiate or plead with police officers, but in most cases, this type of behavior won’t do you any good. It’s not officers’ jobs to determine whether or not you are guilty; all they are looking for is probable cause that you committed a crime. If they are putting handcuffs on you, it means they believe they have it, and nothing you say can change their minds.
3. Ask to Speak With a Lawyer
You never know what might incriminate you. It doesn’t matter whether you are innocent or not, because during an interrogation, investigators may be trying to get you to make a mistake and give them evidence they need to support the charges.