Client in prison with his lawyer

What Not to do When You’ve Been Arrested

When you have been arrested, you may find yourself in a state of disbelief. You don’t know what to do to make the situation better. But while an attorney can help you to make the situation better, it’s imperative that you don’t do anything to make it worse. 

 DON’T Talk to Anyone About Your Case

When you are so upset and emotional after an arrest, you may wish more than anything that someone else can validate your feelings and your experience. However, it’s never a good idea to discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. Do not speak with friends, family, other inmates, or even the police regarding your case. While someone may seem trustworthy, you must always remember that anything you say can be used against you. It’s especially important that you do not discuss your case on social media. Anything that is put onto the Internet will stay there indefinitely. 

DON’T Wait to Call an Attorney

No one likes to have to shell out money. You may have done so to make bail or you may be facing a hefty fine if convicted of the charges against you. But while it may seem unnecessary to pay for anything that you don’t have to, it’s really important that you consult with and hire a qualified criminal defense attorney. He or she is the best investment that you can make and can actually help you to minimize what you’ll have to pay later on. It’s also important that you do so as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you to avoid making any compromising mistakes that can be used against you later on.  

DON’T Do Anything Else that Can Get You in Trouble with the Law

When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it’s important that you understand that all eyes will be on and what you do next. That’s why you shouldn’t do anything that could get you in more trouble with the law. In fact, it’s in your best interest to fly under the radar until the date of your trial. Your lawyer can help keep you informed as to anything that you should be aware of during this time. 

DON’T Lie or Withhold Information from Your Attorney

Many of us are used to stretching the truth or leaving out parts of a story when we feel that they will make us look bad. However, it is key that you refrain from doing this with your attorney. The job of a criminal defense attorney is to help you come up with the best strategy for minimizing the charges against you. But when you lie or omit facts of what transpired, your attorney can’t do his or her job to the best of their ability. Plus, if you fail to tell your attorney something and it comes out, later on, it could put you in a far worse position. Just remember: your attorney is not there to judge you. 

The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman Helps Those in California Who Have Been Charged with a Crime 

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in California, you should be sure to take it seriously. Such a charge can have tremendous life-long effects on you, impacting everything from where you can work to where you can live, to what you are allowed to possess. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorney who understands criminal law and can help to walk you through the whole process. 

At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, our San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorneys will work to defend your freedom, collect proper evidence to help your case, and work hard to have the criminal charges against you dropped or reduced. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!