After an Arrest, What's Next?
Take the Right Steps After Being Charged
After an arrest, there are many considerations to take as you face the legal circumstances ahead of you. While there are several steps that should be taken at this time, none is more important than aligning yourself with an aggressive defense attorney. Under the instruction of an experienced legal professional, you stand the best chances of avoiding the serious penalties that go along with a conviction.
The need to have an effective defense attorney on your side cannot be stressed enough. However, at Baker, Lewis Schwisow & Laws, we recognize that immediately securing a lawyer is not always possible. Some circumstances simply don't allow for instant action, which makes it absolutely necessary to protect your rights in every way possible. Until you can involve a lawyer, you should take care to exercise the following steps with no exception:
Remember Your Right to Remain Silent
The warning that law enforcement officers issue to you upon arrest, "…everything you say can and will be used against you," is done so for a reason. Good or bad, no matter what you say during the initial moments, hours, and days following an arrest is taken in as evidence can be used to portray you in a negative light. Therefore, it is crucial to remain silent until you are in the presence of a qualified attorney. Regardless of what law enforcement officers say to you, don't yield your right to remain silent. Some officers lie to suspects in their attempts to get them to divulge information that they would not otherwise share. The best and most effective way to avoid this is by remaining silent.
Don't Discuss Aspects of Your Case From Jail
People who are arrested are typically allowed to make at least one obligatory phone call while in jail. While this may seem like a good time to discuss your arrest, in reality it could be detrimental to building a defense for your case. Phone calls that are made from jail cells are recorded and monitored by law enforcement officers. In order to avoid making any potentially incriminating statements during a phone conversation in jail, the best thing you can do is to use your phone time only to request the representation of a defense attorney.
Act With Discretion
After an arrest, one of the few people you can trust completely in regards to the details of your case is your lawyer. Unfortunately, even other people who may have been detained in tandem with your arrest should not automatically be trusted. Law enforcement officers and other legal professionals could bribe or trick others into disclosing information about you and your arrest in return for an early release from jail or even reduced sentences. In a single instant, blame can be cast that could forever tarnish your reputation, and your record. Therefore, be careful with whom you trust after you are arrested.
Our Defense Lawyers Can Guide You Through the Process
Either while you are in jail or as soon as you are released, you need to seek legal representation. With a defense attorney on your side, you stand a much better chance of escaping conviction, no matter what the charges against you might be. Your chances could increase even more when you choose Baker, Lewis Schwisow & Laws for your legal representation.
Combined, our defense lawyers have more than 45 years of experience working on cases in Seattle. Together, we work to aggressively tackle criminal allegations of every nature, and we will do exactly the same for you. Whether you are facing license suspension from a recent DUI or you are up against accusations of theft, we are here to help. Our legal team provides clients with a free initial consultation, so don't wait to contact us today.