Monthly Archives - November 2016

Mistakes You Don’t know You’re Making When Interacting With Police During The Arrest

California justice system was specifically designed to keep us safe, to make sure that people who brake the law get prosecuted and that people who are innocent are protected from all harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the way it works. There are too many known cases when completely innocent individuals were sentenced to jail and released decades after, because the system realized that it made a mistake. Sadly, such situations are becoming more and more common these days, due to how the law enforcement authorities are recently behaving and what mistakes they make.

Having said that, it very important to make sure that you are prepared for any potential situation that would involve the law enforcement authorities. After all, we all have our rights and we do need to know how to apply them when we need. Even in case you know absolutely nothing about the modern justice system and how it works, you still probably know those rights. One way or the other, you have heard them a thousand times before on TV as well as in movies, you read them in the books and articles. And have you ever considered why is it that you have the right to remain silent? Why can everything you say be used against you in the court of law?

Odds are, you are not being arrested every day. Hence, it is only natural that you are going to panic and freak out. Especially considering that the law enforcement officer are going to be putting cuffs on you and there will be plenty of yelling as well as screaming on the scene. Well, this is when you may begin to say whatever is on your mind. Even though it may be something totally silly and induced by fear, the law enforcement officers are not going to lose that chance and will document everything you say as evidence. That very same evidence will be presented in court and the police officer will give his or her statement, confirming what you said during the arrest. You should know that a lot of San Fernando prosecutors and even plenty of judges will always be more than happy to make an example of a case and they may well take that evidence quite seriously. Hence, even if you wish to tell the arresting officer that they got the wrong man, that you are innocent and they should let you go, the best thing to do would be to remain completely silent. That is, until you get a chance to consult with a local San Fernando attorney.

A police statement having the words you said can be even more difficult to fight against. It is your word against the word of the law enforcement officers. Regardless of whether you meant what you said or not, the judge and the prosecutor will consider the police statement more accurate. Hence, no matter how aggressive or friendly the arresting officers may really be, find strength in yourself and make sure that you do not share a word with them. This can save you from more trouble and will allow you to avoid more harm in your case.

Anything you say may and will be taken as an actual confession and you really do not want it to be one. Therefore, take your right to remain silent very seriously and use it. The modern justice system is far from being perfect, so all those words may very well be used against you. The only person you could trust is your San Fernando criminal defense lawyer. Only a legal representative will be able to help you prove you are innocence. You should tell him everything you feel is important to prepare a strong defense strategy. If you were arrested and charged with a crime, call us at (877) 781-1570 or fill out online contact form.