What You Need To Know If You’ve Been Arrested

The arrest process is intimidating for anyone. You will likely be nervous regarding what happens next and will certainly have concerns about the welfare of your family. Arresting officers will be asking you a number of questions, and you may be unsure how to respond. It is important to remember that you have rights during the arrest process, and you have the right to have a lawyer present when responding to any inquiries. Therefore, before responding to any line of questioning, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney and remain silent until the attorney arrives.

At the Law Office of John P. McKenna, P.C., you will find an attorney with over 20 years of experience who has tried hundreds of cases including over 220 jury trials. John P. McKenna is a former assistant district attorney who understands the approach prosecuting attorneys will take when charging you with a crime. Because of his skills as a trial attorney, court officers, police officers, judges and other clients regularly refer individuals to him who are facing criminal charges.

What To Do When An Arrest Occurs

Though this may be the first time you faced arrest, it is important to stay calm and collect your thoughts. The arresting officer will take note of anything you say or do while the arrest is taking place. What you need to do is:

  • Be polite and respectful anytime you are in the presence of law enforcement officers or county attorneys.
  • When approached by arresting officers, do not attempt to flee.
  • Do provide your name and address, but politely decline to answer any additional questions.
  • Ask for a description of the charges.
  • Do not provide officers permission to search your home or vehicle unless they have a warrant.
  • If possible, get the names and badge numbers of arresting officers.
  • As soon as you have the opportunity, write down the time, date and location of the arrest.
  • Contact an attorney at the earliest possible moment.

What An Attorney Can Do For You

An attorney can be with you when answering questions or when you are asked to be in a lineup. Experienced criminal defense attorneys will object to any questionable actions on the part of arresting officers or prosecuting attorneys, and will be there to protect you from self-incrimination and from actions that may violate your rights. An attorney can also help you understand the process and timelines, and also advise you on the best possible strategy for achieving an acquittal.

Contact A Reputable Criminal Defense Attorney Today

To speak with a knowledgeable lawyer from Springfield, Massachusetts, regarding your situation, contact Law Office of John P. McKenna, P.C., by calling 866-607-0601.