What To Do If You Are Charged With A Crime

If you have been arrested for a crime, your actions now can have a dramatic impact on your criminal defense case. Here are some tips for what to do if you are arrested.

Do Not Talk To The Police

You have the right to remain silent. The police may go to great lengths to get you to say something that they can use against you. They will be friendly. They will say that they are just trying to help you. They may ask you the same questions over and over again, trying to exhaust you into saying something wrong. Don't say anything. Your words can be twisted. Simply say, "I would like a lawyer." Also, be careful what you say to other people, as you never know who the police may question. Be aware that your phone call from jail will be recorded, so avoid saying anything related to your criminal law case.

Get Names And Badge Numbers

You have the right to ask for the names and badge numbers of any police officers you interact with. This can be helpful. In fact, keep mental notes of all of the details of your case. Be careful what you write down and, if you do write information down, be careful where you keep it. Witness names, locations, time frames and other information may prove important.


This is not a position you want to be in. Whether you have been falsely accused or you simply made a mistake, you may want to lash out at police. Don't do it. First of all, misbehavior could result in charges of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, or something similar. Furthermore, they may claim that misbehavior is a sign of guilt. While you do not have to answer a police officer's questions, you should do what you are requested and behave civilly. This is true when you are stopped, arrested, brought into custody, in jail, and at trial.

Consult With An Attorney For Free

At Palazzo Law Firm, we have more than 20 years of experience fighting criminal charges. From our law office in Gretna, Louisiana, we represent people in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and throughout the Gulf South region. Call 504-433-1442 or email us.