What To Do If You Are Arrested

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Admin — No Comments ↓

Most of us assume that we will never get arrested. Even if we are committing minor crimes like smoking pot, we always feel like it is someone else who will get busted. Because of this, people are rarely prepared when the cops detain them and often make mistakes that get them in trouble. Knowing what you should do when the police try and arrest you is very important – your liberty may depend on it.

The first thing to understand is that the police are allowed to lie to you. They can – and often will – tell you that there is a ton of evidence against you, even if they have none at all. They do this in order to get you to blurt out incriminating information. So, don't believe anything that the police tell you.

The second thing to understand is that the police cannot search you, your car, or your house without either your permission or a search warrant. If the police ask if they can look at your car or come into your house, ask them if they have a warrant. If they say “no” or refuse to show you the warrant, do not let them perform any search - even if you are innocent.

Speaking of which, you should never try to explain your actions or respond to police questions. You have the complete right to remain silent. Since the police will try to bully and/or trick you into making a confession, saying anything at all to them is a bad idea. Instead, tell them that they have to talk to your lawyer and you, yourself have nothing at all to say to them. Once again, this applies even if you are innocent of any wrongdoing.

Finally, do not sign anything that the police ask you to sign until your lawyer has arrived and reviewed the paperwork. This could always be a trap.

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What To Look For In An Arrest Record Report

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Admin — No Comments ↓

If you are like most people, you've never looked at an arrest record report. This may make it difficult for you to understand what is important and what is less important in the report. After all, sometimes people come in contact with the law in a very minor way, while in other cases the situations are considerably more grave. For that reason, we thought we'd talk a little bit about what you should look for in an arrest report.

The first thing is to check whether a given arrest has led to a conviction. During an investigation, police often detain multiple suspects. Simply because someone was arrested does not mean they were guilty of the crime. It could just mean that the police wanted to question them, or they were a minor suspect. However, if they were convicted of the crime itself then that means the courts believed they were guilty.

The second thing to look at is the type of crime charged. For example, if someone has many domestic violence arrests but no convictions, this should be a red flag. Domestic violence cases are rarely prosecuted because the victim refuses to press charges. But a pattern of domestic violence arrests is also a major red flag.

It is also important, if someone is on the sex offender registry, to look at what charges led them to be put on the list. You can become a registered sex offender for any number of non-violent reasons. For example, some people have been put on the list for public urination. In other cases people have been put on the list for taking sexy photos of their partners when both were teenagers. These cases are different than when someone is charged with sexual assault.

Finally, you should check and see if the person did time in prison or jail. Being incarcerated changes people; even if they were locked up for very minor charges, they may have learned how to be a more dangerous criminal by the time they get discharged.

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