Being arrested can be challenging and often uncharted territory for many people. The media has portrayed crime and justice in many different ways, and although watching TV shows related to this, the reality can be very different, especially when you do not live in the US. It is important when being arrested to know your rights, to prevent you from getting into further trouble with the law.
Here are some things you should do when you have been arrested.
Do not talk to the police
The police have the right to ask you questions, but this does not mean you will have to answer all of them. The only questions you have to answer include your name, address, and date of birth. The police must caution you before interviewing you. Do not talk to the police about your case or tell them ‘your side of the story’ as this may reveal information that can get you into trouble. Instead, tell the police you will remain silent until you get a lawyer.
What happens during the interview process?
You must be cautioned about the interview process beforehand. The police have to tell you that you have the right to remain silent. In relation to matters on which you can be convicted, a DVD recording is made of the interview. You will be provided a copy of the DVD upon the conclusion of the interview. It is important to look presentable during the interview, as at some point a jury may watch the interview themselves.
In conclusion, these are some of the things you should expect upon arrest and being taken to the police station. You should follow the guidelines given, and since you now know what to expect, you are in a good position to keep yourself from getting into more trouble.