5 Tips if Arrested in Arizona
Have you been questioned or arrested by police? Protect yourself by exercising your constitutional rights.
1. Be polite and respectful: Police officers are trained to observe and react appropriately to a suspect’s behavior. More importantly, police officers write police reports that detail a suspects behavior. Polite and respectful demeanor will likely be indicated in the report and can be helpful in strengthening a suspects credibility.
2. Invoke your right to remain silent: Anything you say can by used against you. The most important right when suspected or accused of a crime is your right to remain silent. If law enforcement is asking you questions that you feel uncomfortable answering then refuse to answer questions and request to speak to an attorney. For some people exercising the right to remain silent is difficult but if done it could be very helpful in defending a future criminal charge.
3. Refuse entry into your home or search of your property: You have the right to refuse to let police officers enter your home or search your property. If asked for permission to search your home or vehicle a person should refuse unless the officer gets a valid search warrant. By refusing permission to search or enter you are exercising your constitutional rights and requiring law enforcement to respect the law. If an officer violates your right against unlawful search and seizure it may be possible for an Experienced Criminal Defense lawyer to have any evidence the police may have found to be suppressed.
4. Preserve evidence: Evidence that assists in your defense could prevent a criminal conviction. Save any evidence that could be helpful to your defense and notify an experienced criminal defense lawyer of its existence. Phone records, emails, texts, witnesses, and other information could help prove your innocense.
5. Call a Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer: If your investigated or arrested by police you should call a reputable Criminal Defense lawyer that practices in Metro Phoenix immediately. Fighting your case and gather your evidence for your defense as soon as possible.
Michael Munoz is a Former Major Crimes Prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Michael now focuses on Criminal Defense and DUI cases in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, and all Arizona cities. Contact Munoz Law Offices, P.C. at (480) 447-1100 for a Free Consultation and case review.