Law Enforcement officers work for you, the taxpayer. They are here to protect and serve the public – YOU. However, on occasion, you may find that you have been arrested. Here are 5 important rules to remember:
- Remain calm and polite. Do not resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is wrongful, illegal, outrageous, etc. If you think resisting arrest will avoid arrest, you are wrong.
- Tell the officer(s) that you choose to remain silent. Do not explain why you want to remain silent. Do not apologize for choosing to remain silent. Remember, you have already been arrested. The probability of you saying anything that would cause an officer to change his or her mind, right then and there, and “unarrest” you, is extremely remote. “Unarrest” isn’t even a word – we hope you will agree there is probably a reason it is not a word.
- Ask to speak to a lawyer immediately. Do not say anything, sign anything or make any decisions without first consulting a lawyer.
- You have the right to make a local phone call. You do not have the right to decide when that phone call will occur. Don’t hesitate to politely ask for your phone call as many times as needed.
- Be prepared. Take a moment to think about who you would call if arrested. Do you have their phone number memorized? Or is it on the mobile phone that you no longer have access to?
Very few people will ever be arrested at any time during their lives. However, on occasion, rightly or wrongly, it is better to be prepared and to follow these few, simple rules.