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What Are Your Rights When You Have Been Arrested?

May 13, 2020 by  
Filed under Business, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( In light of some recent events, we have to ask ourselves, what rights do we have when we’re arrested or someone is trying to arrest us? Whether it be a citizens’ arrest or a police arrest, every person of every background should know what they are entitled to during this process. The law is there to protect everybody, but you can’t use it yourself if you don’t know about it. You can get yourself out of some erroneous situations if you can show the other party, you know your rights and you’re prepared to defend yourself using the law.

Take it up later

If you’re being arrested, it’s much better to fight for your case after the fact. In some cases, you may be wrongfully detained, whether by an officer of the law or by a citizen. Although it seems like a horrible experience to have handcuffs put on you and be put in the back of a police car or held down by someone you don’t even know, it’s better to rely on your innocence. A wrongful arrest is something you can claim against a citizen or police officer. The attorney you hire will build a case using video footage, witness testimony, and the body camera of the police officers involved. If all evidence shows you were not struggling, fighting, or doing anything to get away, you stand a very strong chance of receiving considerable compensation from the citizen or the police department. Don’t have a kerfuffle at the side of the road, take them to court where your excellent cooperation will win you the case.

Get out later

Even if you have done something that would warrant your arrest, it doesn’t mean you have to stay behind jail bars. For some cases such as DUI/DWI and even domestic altercations, you can get out of the police jail using a bail bond service like They offer a very discreet service so your privacy is protected. Your personal information is kept completely confidential at all times. This is something you will want if you would not like the incident to show up on any kind of bail bond record system, which future employers may use. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you always have an option for getting out of jail and returning home to figure things out.

The power of silence

Far too many people become emotionally charged when they are arrested. One of the most powerful things you can do is just remain silent. You don’t need to say who you are, what you’re doing, what happened, or anything of a similar nature. You are not compelled to say anything unless you have an attorney present. An attorney has to be provided for you if you would like to communicate through them. This is free and every citizen is given this right. Remain calm and only speak when you have a legal expert by your side or on the phone.

Every person of every background should know what they can do when being arrested. Whether it’s by a citizen or by a police officer, these are some of your rights which you should exercise if you’re unhappy with the situation.

Staff Writer; Shelia Love

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