How to Behave When You’re Arrested

How to Behave When You’re Arrested

If you think we don’t know how harrowing it is to be in your position when you or a loved one are taken into custody, think again. Professional bail bondsmen work day and night with clients who’re in jail—and they know full well the toll it takes.

The mental health risk the ordeal poses has now been confirmed scientifically, and we also know that children are, by proxy, passive receivers of trauma as well. Being arrested is traumatic, yes, which is exactly why you need to do everything in your power to minimize bad outcomes.

One of those things is knowing exactly how to behave and act when you’re arrested.

What to Do When You See Policemen Approaching

We can’t emphasize this enough: obey. If they ask you to stop, stop. If they ask you to get out of the car, get out of the car.

Even if you’ve done nothing wrong and you’re sure there’s been some mistake, be as compliant as possible. The police officer’s ignorance and negligence can be challenged in court, but right now, you need to be on your best behavior.

Act like you really want to help the police officer—and that you’re truly a concerned citizen. You abide by the law and you aren’t nonplussed when you’re stopped. Not doing so will aggravate them—and that’s something you don’t want.

Lying to Police Officers

Anything you say can and will be used against you in court—that’s what the Miranda Laws are all about. But there’s another angle to Miranda Laws: you can (and should!) stay silent. And remember, Miranda Laws can only be enforced if you’re in custody—so make sure to ask the police officer accosting you, “Am I under arrest?”

If they answer in the affirmative, ring for your lawyer—and a local bail bondsman.

Staying Silent—but Compliant

Although we’ve just told you that you shouldn’t talk to the police, don’t think for a moment that we want you to not listen to the police at all. Remember that in this situation, you’re the disadvantaged party. The handcuffs are slapped around your wrists. Let’s say you really didn’t do anything wrong and are being carried off to jail for no reason—it’s okay. Call your lawyer. Get a bondsman to bail you out. Challenge the charge in court.

At no point should you get violent in custody—or worse, assault a police officer. If they didn’t have anything on you previously, they do now. You’ll have a harsher sentence, higher bail, and bigger problems to deal with.

Where to Find a Bail Bondsman in Gainesville, Florida

Lee Calhoun’s bail bond agency, Lee Calhoun Bail Bonds, has been around for 15 years in Florida, and operates in Gainesville as well as several other locations. Avail their 24-hour service by giving them a call at (352) 379-9100.

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