Do not talk to the police. Do not be rude. Do hire counsel.
Don't speak to the police
The worst mistake you can make is talk to the police. If you have been arrested, the police believe that a crime was committed and that you probably committed it or aid and abetted in its commission. Sometimes the police need your statement to establish probable cause. Without it, you would walk. Even if you feel like you have done nothing, or have nothing to hide, do not talk to the police. The police may say or suggest that by talking to them, they will give you a break. Do not believe them. The police can lie to you, but you can't lie to them. Don't think that you can talk your way out of charges. You are more likely to talk your way into charges or, worse, an airtight voluntary confession.
Don't be rude to the police
Don't be rude to investigating officers. This should be common sense, and is easier said than done. During the heat of the moment, emotions tend to run high. Alcohol or other drugs may be involved. Being subject to a criminal investigation itself is both stressful and daunting. You do not have to be happy about it, but being rude to the investigating officers is not going to help you. For example, prior to speaking with you after an arrest, officers must inform you of your Miranda rights. Don't interrupt. Don't smart off. Let the police do their job. Included in your Miranda warnings is your right to remain silent. After the officer finishes advising you of Miranda, politely tell the officer that you would like to exercise your right to remain silent and that you would like to speak to an attorney before answering any questions.
Do hire counsel
Now that you have avoided helping the police build a case against you by politely invoking your right to remain silent and requesting a lawyer, you should immediately retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. Pick an attorney that you feel you can work with. You may even want to call several attorneys before making a decision. When you meet with your attorney, bring any documents that you have that are related to the case, and be open and honest with your attorney. Most importantly, trust your lawyer and follow your lawyer's advice. If your lawyer tells you one thing and a brother-in-law, uncle, or some other third party, tells you something else, listen to your lawyer.
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