How to Handle an Arrest in Alabama | Crumbley-Blackwell & Associates, P.C.
In this short guide - criminal defense attorney Jon Blackwell of Crumbley-Blackwell & Associates, P.C. explains which steps to take in the event that you've been arrested or detained in Alabama. These steps help explain the process of an arrest and could help to protect your best interests.
Remain silentIf you've been detained or arrested, remain silent. Law enforcement officials may attempt to pressure you to speak with them. Anything you say could be used against you in court. It is best to remain silent until you have a chance to speak with your attorney. Your defense attorney will advise you of which steps to take next.
Refuse consent to a searchIn the event of an arrest - it is imperative that you refuse consent to a search. Law enforcement officials need proper warrants to conduct a search of your vehicle or property. It is your right to revoke permission for a search. If you've been accused of a crime and a law enforcement official insists on a search of your property - refuse consent and contact your defense lawyer as quickly as possible.
Walk away if you are not under arrestIf you've been involved in an incident and law enforcement is present - walk away if you are not under arrest. If an officer or other law enforcement official has not arrested you, you may leave the premises. If an officer stops you for any reason, do not resist. Contact your defense attorney as quickly as possible. They will be able to advise you of which steps to take next.
Request a lawyerIf you've been placed under arrest or accused of a crime - contact your criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. You have the right to an attorney - exercise that right. This step could help to protect your best interests, as an attorney will be able to provide legal advise based on the details of your case.