What to Do If You Are Arrested
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Being arrested is never a pleasant experience. You may feel disrespected, afraid and hopeless – and you may feel like you have been pronounced guilty without being able to defend yourself or tell your side of the story. If you have been arrested by the police or sheriff, you have legal rights and you have choices that you may not know about.
As experienced criminal defense attorneys our attorneys know the criminal legal system inside and out, and we can provide the important confidential advice you need if you have been arrested or charged with a DUI, a drug offense, a sex crime, an assault or a theft or another property crime.
What to Do if You’re Arrested in Alabama
While you should seek the advice of a lawyer regarding your specific situation, here are a few basic guidelines if you are arrested in Alabama:
- Remain silent: If you are arrested or approached by a law enforcement officer for questioning, you have an absolute constitutional “right to remain silent.” As citizens, we often feel the need to explain ourselves when confronted by police, but this can backfire in many instances. Police officers are experienced interrogators, and they can legally use tactics that can mislead you or cause you to make comments that can be used against you.
- Consult an attorney: By law, you have the right to consult an attorney before answering any questions about the allegations against you. Though you may feel pressured to do so, you should not waive any of your legal rights without consulting a lawyer first. By law, you are not presumed guilty if you ask to talk to a lawyer.
- Seek bail: If you are arrested, you have the right to post reasonable bail (money paid for your release from custody) in most cases. If the bail amount is very high or you are denied bail entirely, an experienced defense attorney may be able to help change the bail arrangements.
Arrested in Dothan, Alabama? Criminal Defense Representation Is Available Now.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, contact the lawyers at Smith & McGhee, PC, at 334-702-1744. As highly experienced Alabama criminal defense lawyers, we have helped hundreds of people deal with very difficult situations. We know the law, we know how law enforcement works and we understand how courts operate – we will use this knowledge to fight for your rights and reach the best possible results in your case.