What do I do if I’m being arrested?

Being arrested can be an intimidating and confusing experience. Often times, these emotions are exploited by the police in order to induce you to incriminate yourself through statements or actions. If you are facing arrest, the best thing you can do is stay calm. Police are trained to increase their aggression based upon your actions. All too often this results in injury or even death to those being arrested. Remain calm and keep your hands open and in plain view. Do not make sudden moves. Comply with the officer’s instructions. Remember, the officer is in a heightened state of alertness and often frightened as well. The officer is also armed with lethal and non-lethal weapons and will use them. If you feel you are being falsely arrested, the place to sort this out is not there with the officer, but rather in the courts. Do not think you can talk your way out of an arrest! Any attempts to talk the officer out of an arrest will likely lead to more charges such as resisting arrest, obstructing or delaying an officer, or at the very least will provide the officer with statements that will be used against you later. Once you have been arrested, you are required to give the officer your name and address. Do not make any further statements. Inform the officer that you are invoking your right to silence and want to speak to an attorney. All questioning must stop at this point. Once you invoke your right to silence, REMAIN SILENT. Any further statement from you opens the door to more questioning by the officer and you must renew your right to silence and request for a lawyer.

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