5 Things to Know Before You Get Arrested

Getting arrested is terrifying. It’s helpful to think about what to do if you ever find yourself getting cuffed, booked and photographed. Here are five things that you need to know before you get arrested:

You don’t have to talk to the police

If the police read you your Miranda rights, consider it a hint. You don’t have to spill the beans. Be respectful and polite, and tell the police that you want to contact your attorney. Don’t invite the police in your home or agree to allow them to search your property without a warrant. Your attorney can handle discussions with the police.

What you say isn’t private

If you tell others in jail what you did, the police can use it against you. If you call home and tell your family, the police can use it against you. Once you say something, you can’t take it back. When you’re in jail, it’s best to stay quiet.

Plead not guilty

If you’re arrested for a crime, you might see a judge quickly. You should always plead not guilty and speak with an attorney. Your Utah defense attorney might have great defenses that you haven’t considered. They know the Utah criminal justice system, and they can use their knowledge and expertise to help you make decisions for the best course of action.

Take the chemical test

If you’re arrested for drunk driving, you might think that you can help your case by refusing to take a chemical test. The chemical test is often called an intoxylzer or a breathalyzer. The truth is, refusing to take the chemical test can only hurt your case.

Drunk driving is a crime. It’s punishable by jail time, fines, probation and a suspension of your driver’s license. Refusing to take the chemical test if the police suspect you of drunk driving is a separate violation that can result in administrative revocation of your driver’s license for eighteen months.

If the police give you the chemical test in violation of your rights, your Utah defense attorney can ask the court to throw out the evidence. If you refuse the chemical test, it’s a separate and additional problem. Do yourself a favor and take the chemical test.

Call an attorney right away

If you’re arrested, it’s important to work with a Utah defense attorney as soon as possible. There are things that your attorney can do to start to work on your case immediately. Time lost is often evidence lost.

For drunk driving arrests, you only have a very brief window of time to challenge your driver’s license suspension. If you miss this window, it can get hard to fight the suspension. Our team of Wasatch defense lawyers can help you file the paperwork on time.

Your attorney can help you demand that the state preserves evidence for your case. They can help you address your bond conditions. Your defense team can help you consider pretrial motions and create a game plan to defend your case to the fullest extent of the law.

Work with us

If you’re facing criminal charges in Utah, we invite you to contact our Wasatch defense lawyers for evaluation of your case. We enjoy helping deserving clients achieve the best possible outcomes in Utah courts. We offer compassionate and aggressive legal representation in all levels of the Utah criminal justice system. Put our extensive experience and determination to work for you. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, please call us today.

About the Author:

Craig Chlarson is an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney in Utah. Craig has represented thousands of clients, with countless difficulties and challenges, for more than thirty years. Less than 1% of his clients have ever been incarcerated. Craig is trained to work on your behalf — and to secure your freedom.

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