Man getting handcuffed by a police officer.

How to Handle Yourself if Arrested

Man getting handcuffed by a police officer.

Getting arrested can be a tense experience. This can make you feel uneasy and nervous as you try to understand the situation. Getting apprehended may seem unfair given your circumstances, but it’s important to behave properly and cooperatively with state and federal law enforcement during an arrest. Choosing to behave improperly can make matters worse and result in greater consequences in the end. Here are some ways you should handle yourself if arrested:

1. Remain Calm

An increase in heart rate and breathing is a natural reaction to getting apprehended by a police officer. Raising your voice and getting upset can make the police respond in a similar fashion. Try and remain calm be doing deep breathing exercises to relax your nerves and senses.

2. Be Polite

Communicating to an officer with foul language will not improve the situation. While getting arrested is certainly not a pleasant experience, especially if the charges are false, it is important to be courteous and respectful to law enforcement agents. It is always better to be extra polite than not enough.

3. Be Honest

If you choose to speak, remember to always be honest. Lying to a police officer can make matters much worse rather than choosing to remain silent.

4. Know Your Rights

  • Avoid consenting to a police officer searching you or the vehicle. If you choose to consent, the police officer no longer needs “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” to perform a pat down or search a vehicle. You have the right to politely decline search requests.
  • Tell the officer you wish to remain silent. However, answers like who you are, where you live, and photo identification will need to be given. You are not required to answer other questions, but are able to simply state “I want to remain silent”.
  • Know that you have a right to an attorney if you get arrested and that you should specifically request that you talk to an attorney.

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