Unfortunately, most people do not have an attorney standing by, ready for the first time they are arrested. The most dangerous time for the arrested is the period before they are permitted to speak with their attorney. This time is often longer than it should be, and may contain many challenges. With 27 years practicing as a criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey, I can help you get through this difficult situation.
When arrested, you should be read your Miranda rights. Included in the Miranda warning are:
What these rights mean is that you do not have to make excuses or statements regarding the situation you are in. You do not have to give an alibi, or discuss your whereabouts. You should not make any statements, oral or written, regarding why you were arrested.
My criminal defense practice has exposed me to countless cases where my clients were tricked into making statements before speaking to counsel that harmed their legal interests.
Do not sign anything voluntarily. If you are forced to sign, or initial something, write the words, “I want my lawyer” next to every spot they ask you to sign.
When you are arrested, you should:
Remember that police are allowed to mislead, trick, and lie to you to get what they want. They are not trying to help you.
Being arrested is a frightening experience. Stay calm, stay silent, and seek the advice of an attorney as quickly as possible. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me. I can help you protect your rights.