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What Should I Do If I'm Arrested for a Crime?

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Being arrested is a stressful and disorienting experience, especially when you aren’t responsible for the accusations against you or are confused about why you were arrested. However, it's important to stay calm and compliant during this time. Resisting arrest or arguing with the police can lead to additional charges.

In addition to this, it’s important to invoke two very important rights, which we’ll explain in more detail below.

Understanding Your Rights When Arrested

When you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being arrested, it's crucial to understand your rights.

The first and foremost right you have is the right to remain silent. This right protects you from self-incrimination because anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law—even if you think it should help prove your lack of guilt. Therefore, it's advisable to exercise this right until you have legal counsel present.

Another essential right you have is the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, the court will provide you with a public defender. However, it's often beneficial to hire a private attorney who can dedicate more time and resources to your case. Even if you can financially qualify for a public defender, you may not get the individualized representation that a private attorney can provide due to the defender’s notoriously burdensome caseload.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Finding a competent and dedicated criminal defense lawyer is crucial when you're facing criminal charges. A good attorney can guide you through the complex legal process, protect your rights, and advocate for your best interests.

Orr Law Firm provides robust legal representation. We have a team of experienced lawyers who are well-versed in local and state laws. We can do more than just represent you in court. We can negotiate with prosecutors, prepare and file necessary legal documents, develop a strong defense strategy, and provide additional legal support during this challenging time. With our help, you can navigate the legal process with confidence.

Learn more about the legal representation the Orr Law Firm can offer by contacting us online.