You don’t have to be a hardened criminal to get arrested—it can happen if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, drive after drinking too much, don’t understand your state’s weapons laws, or participate in a protest. The first rule of arrest is that you shouldn’t resist, run away, or try to fight the police. You have the right to know why you are being arrested, but even if you think you are being falsely arrested, use the proper channels to rectify the situation. More basic information on arrest is contained in the guides below.